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La chasse aux papillons (1992)

A noble family of France maintains dignity despite the onslaught of modernism and non-white immigrants.


Otar Iosseliani


Otar Iosseliani
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narda Blanchet Narda Blanchet ... Solange, cousine of Marie-Agnes
Pierette Pompom Bailhache Pierette Pompom Bailhache ... Valerie, gouvernante
Aleksandr Cherkasov Aleksandr Cherkasov ... Henri de Lampadere, neighbor (as Alexandre Tscherkassoff)
Thamara Tarassachvili Thamara Tarassachvili ... Marie-Agnes de Bayonette
Alexandra Liebermann Alexandra Liebermann ... Helene, sister of Marie-Agnes
Lilia Ollivier Lilia Ollivier ... Olga, daughter of Helene
Emmanuel de Chauvigny Emmanuel de Chauvigny ... Pater Andre
Sacha Piatigorsky Sacha Piatigorsky ... Sultan
Anne-Marie Eisenschitz Anne-Marie Eisenschitz ... Marie, friend of Solange
Françoise Tsouladzé Françoise Tsouladzé ... Yvonne, dawdler
Maimouna N'Diaye Maimouna N'Diaye ... Caprice, daughter-in-law of Lampadere
Yannick Carpentier Yannick Carpentier ... Monsieur Capentier
Pascal Bonitzer Pascal Bonitzer
Georges Giant Georges Giant
Ghislaine de Beauregard Ghislaine de Beauregard


A noble family of France maintains dignity despite the onslaught of modernism and non-white immigrants.

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Release Date:

4 November 1992 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Chasing Butterflies See more »

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1.66 : 1
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31 October 1999 | by heikeverSee all my reviews

I find it very hard to put my admiration for this movie and its director into words. It's one of those rare films that stick in your mind forever. The characters are seen from a distance, as if through the wrong end of a telescope, and the story does not rely on dialogue, or drama. The effect reminds me of Jaques Tati's work. The story is treated with warmth, mild irony, and a keen eye for detail, yet it's hard to pinpoint it as a "story".

"History" might be a better word; the director's point of view is that of an empathic historian. An exploding train is just that: "the train exploded". Russian households are characterized by doors swinging open and drunken husbands being thrown out. The full moon, shining bright, is covered in clouds. My favorite character is the busy old lady.

Please go see this film on video, and tell your friends about it if it pleases you.

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