Black Butterflies (2011)
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Poetry, politics, madness, and desire collide in the true story of the woman hailed as South Africa's Sylvia Plath. In 1960s Cape Town, as Apartheid steals the expressive rights of blacks and whites alike, young Ingrid Jonker (Carice van Houten) finds her freedom scrawling verse while frittering through a series of stormy affairs. Amid escalating quarrels with her lovers and her rigid father, a parliament censorship minister (Rutger Hauer), the poet witnesses an unconscionable event that will
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Carice van Houten
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Van Houten ... gives a strong performance as Jonker, and the cinematography is pleasing, but the script is cliché-ridden and ends on an overly sentimental note.
The movie reminds you of the extent to which poetry has been marginalized as a cultural force since the early 1960s.
Black Butterflies is a dark, moving depiction of the life and death of a brave rebellious, idiosyncratic woman who made significant strides toward changing the world around her and paid a heavy toll for her passion.
Always feels like a life schematically condensed rather than intimately explored.
Art, politics, and craziness conspire to form a rather mechanical melodrama in Black Butterflies...
Paula van der Oest's biopic of South African poet Ingrid Jonker is conventional yet captivating thanks in large part to a terrific lead performance from Carice van Houten.
Black Butterflies scarcely tries to illuminate the substance of Jonker's writing.
Black Butterflies is the sad human poetry of the lost souls who slip beneath the waves to echo in our collective consciousness.
The screenplay defiantly never softens [Ingrid] Jonker, but challenges the audience to take her or leave her.
- Ingrid Jonker: Don't you want to know who I am?
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