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The Butterfly Tattoo (2009)

"Chris Marshall met the girl he was going to kill on a warm night in early June, when one of the colleges in Oxford was holding its summer ball." A chance meeting with Jenny at an Oxford ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Duncan Stuart ... Chris Marshall
Jessica Blake ... Jenny
Aidan Magrath ... Barry Miller
... Inspector Fletcher
Dan Morgan ... Piers Hawthorne
Shazadee Beghum ... Maria
Peter Easterbrook ... Ollie
Alvin Addo-Quaye ... Derek
Richard Hollingworth ... Dave
Debra Baker ... Sue Miller
Claire Ford ... Diane
Antony da Silva ... Tommy Sanchez
... Fenella
Jonathan Higgs ... Romeo
... Mercutio (as Simon Nuckley)
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"Chris Marshall met the girl he was going to kill on a warm night in early June, when one of the colleges in Oxford was holding its summer ball." A chance meeting with Jenny at an Oxford party leaves seventeen-year-old Chris with hope for a summer romance - and no premonition of trouble. Busy with his job and soon in love with Jenny, whose cheerful surface belies the dark uncertainty of her past, Chris misses all the signs of danger. Before he knows it, he's caught in the sinister web of a criminal whose desire for revenge crushes those who stand in his way. Written by Philip Pullman

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From the moment they fell in love, secrets from a hidden past would tear them apart


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17 April 2009 (USA)  »

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€250,000 (estimated)
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The director handpicked unsigned and upcoming bands from Oxford for the soundtrack to the film. A "Battle Of The Bands" night saw shortlisted bands audition for the chance to appear in the Jericho Tavern scene in the film. The band "A Silent Film" were chosen to perform. See more »

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A very good surprise
2 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

I'll keep it short.

It's been a long time since I've been moved like that by a movie.

Maybe because I identified a lot with Chris, but still the story is compelling, true to the heart. The relationship between Chris and Jenny doesn't seem fake, every time I was expecting a cliché it sidestepped a little. The ending may be obvious to some, but it's not what makes a good drama.

Jessica Blake's a real treat, and I hope to see more of her in the future. I quite liked the director's work too. Lingering frames, gorgeous photography.

A well recommended movie.


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