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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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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 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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2.35 : 1
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The original Spanish title of the movie was "La lengua de las mariposas" which translates into English as "The Tongue of the Butterflies" but which could also be translated as "The Language of Butterflies". See more »

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by Alejandro Amenábar and Lucio Godoy
© 2003 Nuba Records S. L.
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A European import teaches us how simple and beautiful film can be.
14 July 2000 | by Dean KishSee all my reviews

A European import teaches us how simple and beautiful film can be. `Butterfly' or `Butterfly Tongues' (in some US markets) tells the delightful story of Moncho, a young boy's coming of age as his world opens up through the eyes of his beloved teacher, Don Gregorio. As the teacher brings the boy into the fascinating world of butterflies, the boy begins to emerge from his cocoon. But looming on the horizon is the surgence of a fascist regime that threatens to unravel their innocent world.

In the summer of 1936, which is when the films takes place, the whole of Spain was intertwined in the struggle between the Mussolini inspired Nationalist Party and the Republicans. But as the rest of Europe was being over run by a couple different fascist regimes, Spain was trying desperately to prevent that outcome. The film `Butterfly' brings in these elements and lets these two main characters deal with the impending doom and the heart-breaking aftermath. The film also beautifully depicts these simple folks who are desperately trying to find their way in the world. From one side you have the teacher who is just trying to bring peace to his students and their world. And on the other a young boy trying to understand the gigantic world around him. The teachings of the butterflies are a metaphor for the change coming in Spain and in both of their lives. This metaphor rings cleverly through each character in the film which does beg the question did the teacher know about the coming conflict and was trying to say something subtly. After watching this film, I learned the character of Don Gregorio was played by a legendary Spanish actor named Fernando Fernan Gomez. I could see even before I knew who he was that this man is amazing. I haven't seen this kind of subtle grace since Sir John Gielgud. I wish I had a teacher like him in my life. (4 of 5) So Says the Soothsayer. (Now Playing)


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