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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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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Referenced in Premios Goya 33 edición (2019) See more »

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Cobardía
by Alejandro Amenábar and Lucio Godoy
© 2003 Nuba Records S. L.
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Sweepingly Beautiful and Poignant
24 August 2000 | by mikehamiltonSee all my reviews

This was a film that really tugged at the heart strings. I really enjoyed the building of characters and the way the lives of the village were portrayed. It was a difficult time politically, yet the simplicity of daily life and family in Galicia was the over-riding story here. The acting is second to none and Manuel Lozano was unbelievably fantastic! I mean these ridiculous "affected" children they get for American movies (i.e. the "Pepsi" girl) are so unbelievable and fake. Manuel is so realistic as Moncho. So are the other actors.

I don't necessarily agree with the way that Cuerda rushed the ending, but I certainly wouldn't want to take away any time in portraying the lives of everyone involved. Maybe he should have made it a little longer as not to rush the ending. Although I will say that one of my favorite things about foreign films is that they are so NOT "Hollywood" that you never really know what to expect. Unlike the trite, unbelievable, over-acted, high budget American films and their overpaid actors which usually just leave a bad taste when I exit from the theatre.

This is an historical piece that absolutely shames "the Patriot". It's so nice to see that a movie doesn't have to change history to show us the past and entertain us at the same time!


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