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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Julien
Claire Bouanich ... Elsa
Nade Dieu ... Isabelle
Jacques Bouanich ... Sébastien's Father
Jerry Lucas ... Sébastien
... Amie d'Isabelle
Gérald Maillet ... SDF
Françoise Dubois ... Femme de la cabine téléphonique
... Cafe Waitress
Hélène Hily ... Marguerite, the Concierge
Idwig Stephane ... Entomologist
Fabien Béhar ... Le gérant d'hôtel
Pierre Poirot ... Police Commissioner
Magali Bonat ... Vendeuse magasin de sport
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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Opening Weekend USA:

$1,906, 21 December 2003, Limited Release

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$38,438, 1 August 2004
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Le Papillon
Performed by Michel Serrault and Claire Bouanich
Composed by Nicolas Errèra
Lyrics by Philippe Muyl
© 2002 Editions Les Notes qui s'aiment et Aliceleo
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Great movie with warmth and heart
15 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Le Papillon is an endearing movie that tugs at your heart as it entertains as well. It is good to see a movie that is not the normal mindless Hollywood dribble. If you walk away not feeling touched in some way by this movie, then you need to go to the wizard and get a heart.

Maybe the symbolism is simple (i.e., the caterpillar becomes a butterfly scenario), but it still resonates and is an important lesson from which we all can and should benefit. Maybe we should all be like the characters in this film who start out flawed, yet find a greater sense of self, worth, and duty.

Do yourself a favor: go buy this movie. I promise you will not be disappointed.


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