Le Papillon (The Butterfly) (2004)
Average Rating: 6.6/10
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Average Rating: 7.2/10
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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)
Mar 19, 2004 Limited
Oct 19, 2004
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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.
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.
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.
The unyielding lens catches even the smallest moments of yielding as the two humans, one so young and one so old, one so eager and one so broken, come to appreciate each other.
Quiet yet wonderfully curious, bold but not bratty, this moon-faced little girl captures the subconsciously tarnished innocence of a child accustomed to having the blues...
Although well acted with a strong sense of naturalism, the film is as light and ephemeral as the [butterfly] itself.
Apparently, I can appreciate a good natured movie in which a sweet attachment and fluttering butterflies pervade the landscape.
Just once, I'd like to see a foreign film about a cranky old person and an adorable tyke who don't become pals and change each other's lives.
Beautiful scenery and a strong cast help director Philippe Muyl overcome a less-then-compelling script.
It's all very sweet and occasionally touching. More lasting shots of more beautiful butterflies would have added a lot, though.
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