Le Papillon (The Butterfly) (2004)

Le Papillon (The Butterfly)



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Directed and written by Philippe Muyl, the family-friendly Le Papillon (The Butterfly) concerns a search for the title creature. Often lonely because of her single mother's busy work schedule, eight-year-old Elsa (Claire Bouanich) befriends an elderly neighbor man named Julien (Michel Serrault), eventually joining him on a trek to find a rare butterfly that lives for only 72 hours. As the relationship between the two teaches them both a few things about themselves, Elsa's mother (Nade Dieu) … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Philippe Muyl, Phillippe Muyl
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 19, 2004
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Critic Reviews for Le Papillon (The Butterfly)

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (9)

The film has a sweetness that stops short of sentimentality.

Full Review… | June 4, 2004
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

The story is as predictable as a hot summer in South Florida, but if you're in need of comfort, Le Papillon is a good choice.

Full Review… | March 26, 2004
Miami Herald
Top Critic

An exceptionally satisfying film of much grace and beauty.

Full Review… | March 18, 2004
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

If there's anyone to credit for The Butterfly's eventual triumph over the inherent fatuousness of the material, it's the great Serrault and his tiny leading lady, who matches her elder nearly line for line and look for look.

Full Review… | March 18, 2004
L.A. Weekly
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Depending on your perspective, this French family drama will either feel sweetly sentimental or shamelessly manipulative.

Full Review… | January 2, 2004
New York Daily News
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Michel Serrault's typically expert performance and writer-director Philippe Muyl's ability to avoid the usual cliches in his execution of the tale give The Butterfly an undeniable appeal.

December 23, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for Le Papillon (The Butterfly)


A wonderfully endearing film. The two main characters are brilliant, effective and adorable. The film maker manages to take a story that could be syrupy sweet and "hollywoodish," and keeps it real and very engaging. I don't know that I would necessarily call it a children's film, but there isn't much that's objectionable for kids, with the possible exception of topics related to a semi-delinquent parent, but those topics are handled very well. The story is largely about a neglected girl and a lonely man who find that they have something rewarding and fulfilling to offer each other. It's delightful!

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Delightfully unexpected invigorating refreshment! A movie with substance, heart and love for life... and we need so little to have all of that! I enjoyed every second of it!

Panta Oz

Super Reviewer


beautifully shot & acted road trip cum nature walk. Elsa, the lil redhead in a yellow cap really charms the audience with her joie de vivre and excellently delivered lines

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