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The Butterfly Tree (2017)

Evelyn, an ex-burlesque queen, bewitches single dad Al and his teenage son Fin with her zest for life. When father and son discover they are competing for the affections of the same woman, ... See full summary »

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Priscilla Cameron
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Melissa George ... Evelyn
Ewen Leslie ... Al
Ed Oxenbould ... Fin
Sophie Lowe ... Shelley
Ella Jaz Macrokanis ... Corrine
Lauren Dillon Lauren Dillon ... Rose
Paula Nazarski Paula Nazarski ... Lyn
Steve Nation ... Vince
Liam Hop Yek Dodds ... Gary (as Liam Hopp Yek Dodds)
Tammy Sarah Linde ... Sarah (as Tammy Linde)
Sam Cotton ... Grant Turner
Kristy Brooks ... Hospital Receptionist
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Evelyn, an ex-burlesque queen, bewitches single dad Al and his teenage son Fin with her zest for life. When father and son discover they are competing for the affections of the same woman, it reopens old wounds over the death of Fin's mother.

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Comedy | Drama | Family

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Australia

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English

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23 November 2017 (Australia) See more »

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The Insect King See more »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Melissa George (Evelyn) and Sophie Lowe (Shelley) both starred in the Australian TV Series The Slap (2011) as Rosie and Connie. See more »

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A Beautiful and Colorful Apparition
3 October 2017 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

Al and Fin, father and teen son, are reeling from the loss of a beloved wife and mother. Each is dealing with the loss in a different way, yet in no way that is particularly constructive. Al is having an affair with a student and Fin is sulking in a cocoon of solitude. Neither is communicating. This is when Evelyn flits into town. She is a beautiful and colorful apparition wreathed in flowers, butterflies, exquisite jewelry and bubble bath. Al and Fin are so blinded by passion, be it grief or love, that they risk losing each other as well as the woman they seek.

The film is personal for the director who felt extreme grief and loneliness when a close friend died. While the actors lack assurance and chemistry between each other, the story is compelling and it flows together well. Queensland, Australia, is the perfect dream- scape setting for the film. Seen at the Toronto International Film Festival.


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