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Butterfly (1999)

La lengua de las mariposas (original title)
R | | Drama | 18 August 2000 (USA)
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For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older ... See full summary »

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José Luis Cuerda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Don Gregorio
Manuel Lozano Manuel Lozano ... Moncho
Uxía Blanco Uxía Blanco ... Rosa
Gonzalo Uriarte Gonzalo Uriarte ... Ramón
Alexis de los Santos Alexis de los Santos ... Andrés
Jesús Castejón ... D. Avelino
Guillermo Toledo Guillermo Toledo ... O'Lis
Elena Bagutta ... Carmiña (as Elena Fernández)
Tamar Novas ... Roque
Tatán Tatán ... Roque Padre
Roberto Vidal Bolaño Roberto Vidal Bolaño ... Boal (as Roberto Vidal)
Celso Parada Celso Parada ... Macias
Celso Bugallo ... Cura
Antonio Lagares Antonio Lagares ... Alcalde (as Tucho Lagares)
Milagros Jiménez Milagros Jiménez ... Nena
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Storyline

For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older brother, a budding saxophone player, he makes a trip with the band from their town in Galicia. But it's also the year that the Spanish Republic comes under fire from Fascist rebels. Moncho's father is a Republican as is the aging teacher, Don Gregorio. As sides are drawn and power falls clearly to one side, the forces of fear, violence, and betrayal alter profoundly what should be the pleasure of coming of age. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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A magical tale about growing up in country growing apart. See more »

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Drama

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Rated R for a strong sex scene | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Gallegan | Latin

Release Date:

18 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Butterfly Tongues See more »

Filming Locations:

Ourense, Galicia, Spain

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,253, 18 June 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,086,098, 8 October 2000
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On one of their walks home (at 0:38:41), Moncho asks Andrés whether he knows what a tilonorrinco is and proceeds to talk about an Australian bird. In Spanish tilonorrinco is what in English is called the satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus), a bowerbird endemic to eastern Australia. See more »

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La Excursión
by Alejandro Amenábar and Lucio Godoy
© 2003 Nuba Records S. L.
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A gorgeous blend of emotion and politics
2 August 2000 | by il_mattoSee all my reviews

It's a beautiful (and too rare) thing to witness a child actor who can avoid the saccharine cutesiness so common to mainstream American child actors. In this film full of children there are, happily, no cloying, exaggerated "cute kid" moments.

The real beauty of La lengua de las mariposas is what's unspoken -- the truths that remain between the lines. The film's political theme is never heavy-handed, and its vivid and fascinating depiction of a turbulent moment in Spanish history has inspired in me a desire to learn more. Without spoiling the ending (which I read as fairly subversive, at least to an American audience), I must say I wasn't entirely surprised at what happened. It brought a tear to my eye and it's still making me think, three days later.

Those who liked this film should also see La Vita e Bella (Life Is Beautiful) and La notte di San Lorenzo (Night Of Shooting Stars), which are similar and may appeal equally, if not more.


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