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The Butterfly (2002)

Le papillon (original title)
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This is the story of a young girl named Elsa who was raised by a single mother (Isabelle) in the city. Isabelle and Elsa begin the film moving in next door to an elderly man who collects ... See full summary »

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Philippe Muyl

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Philippe Muyl
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Julien
Claire Bouanich Claire Bouanich ... Elsa
Nade Dieu Nade Dieu ... Isabelle
Jacques Bouanich Jacques Bouanich ... Sébastien's Father
Jerry Lucas Jerry Lucas ... Sébastien
Aurélie Meriel Aurélie Meriel ... Amie d'Isabelle
Gérald Maillet Gérald Maillet ... SDF
Françoise Dubois Françoise Dubois ... Femme de la cabine téléphonique
Françoise Michaud ... Cafe Waitress
Hélène Hily Hélène Hily ... Marguerite, the Concierge
Idwig Stephane Idwig Stephane ... Entomologist
Fabien Béhar Fabien Béhar ... Le gérant d'hôtel
Pierre Poirot Pierre Poirot ... Police Commissioner
Magali Bonat Magali Bonat ... Vendeuse magasin de sport
Francis Frappat Francis Frappat ... Geometrician
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This is the story of a young girl named Elsa who was raised by a single mother (Isabelle) in the city. Isabelle and Elsa begin the film moving in next door to an elderly man who collects butterflies (Julien). Isabelle who "spends a lot of time with her friends" does not pay much attention to her daughter who walks home because her mother forgot to pick her up from school. After meeting her new neighbor, Elsa finds out about the butterflies and in short annoys Julien for a while. Julien receives a mystery package from a fellow entomologist. Julien sets out on his annual attempt to find a rare species of butterfly that he had once promised his son he would find (son dead) in the French country side, specifically a region known as Vercors. Elsa stows away in his car. After being discovered she convinces him to let her come to Vercors with him. They bond while hiking and camping until Julien, who is initially annoyed by Elsa, near the end of the film seems to have a ... Written by Anonymous

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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 December 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,906, 21 December 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$38,438, 1 August 2004
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DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Soundtracks

Hymne à l'Amour
Music by Marguerite Monnot
Lyrics by Édith Piaf
© Editions Raoul Breton
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So called children's movie is in essence an adult's movie with lessons about life
31 March 2003 | by tbearinsideSee all my reviews

Amazing film, the little girl does a perfect performance. The metamorphosis of the butterfly reflects the changing of the relationships between people within the story. Non-stop jokes, but it maintains its seriousness with lessons about life for adults through the use of an eight year old girl and her uncountably numerous questions. The film is an A film, with a nearly flawless script written by the director. This movie should be up on everyone's must see list and i can easily give it five stars without thinking twice.


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