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Black Butterflies Reviews

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March 22, 2014
good bio-pic of the woman called so. africa's sylvia plath
½ February 18, 2014
Carice van Houten is a very good actress.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
½ August 1, 2013
In 1960 South Africa, Jack Cope(Liam Cunningham) saves Ingrid Jonker(Carice van Houten) from drowning. They bond over the fact that they are both writers; his prose and her poetry. In short time, they fall in love as she moves into his house. But since somebody forgot to get their divorce finalized, marriage is off the table. Which might be for the best as Jack suspects Ingrid of being interested in anything in pants.

"Black Butterflies" has all the elements of a good movie like history, literature, excellent cinematography, lots of period detail and Liam Cunningham who can simply do no wrong. What it does not have is any idea where to start, eventually getting to its point. In fact the movie should have spent more time in Ingrid's childhood, which is what formed who she would become, for better and worse, instead of reductively going for daddy issues.(Well, daddy(Rutger Hauer) was a government censor...)

While Carice van Houten has a go for broke attitude, she does not have an equal level of talent that would allow her to breathe life into such a complicated person. In being a movie about an unconventionial and mentally unstable woman, the movie takes the most conventional approach possible by focusing on the relationship between Jack and Ingrid. In any case, these people's melodramatic issues cannot compare to those suffering under the heel of Apartheid at the same time.
May 19, 2013
5/5 --- i love poetry, and this movie is like a poem. it flowed, it ebbed, it made me cry. stunningly beautiful. brilliantly haunting. tragic soul, unfulfilled love. a film that visualizes what creativity in a person feels like, what it does to a person, what becomes of it and how it came to be such a force that will set you free and destroy you at the same time.

a true story about a writer who makes a real difference with her words, from scattered scrawls on a wall to masterpieces utter by nelson mandela, words that set a country free. gorgeous cinematography, wow just stunning imagery that you won't soon forget.

a lovely carice van houten as the lead ingrid jonker, with little intricacies on her face that hides what you cannot see inside, a dark past and a hurt and a hopelessness one cannot rid of no matter how hard you try. a dark tale of someone trying to get outside of herself, and how in life - you can be your own worst enemy.

"the illusion that life once was beautiful
every death confirms anew the lie of life
please forget about love."

"remember to look in my eyes
for the sun that i now cover
forever with black butterflies."
May 4, 2013
Great movie and it's on Netflix.
April 15, 2013
Depressing, but true.
Super Reviewer
March 19, 2013
Nice movie, albeit very slow, and depressing.
½ February 21, 2013
quite a bullshitty film..
January 10, 2013
A film would need, in order to be interesting and enjoyable, some daylight, a story and some positive feelings. Not just darkness, madness and slutty behavior. What is it that makes poets into mad women that end up dead young? Stay away from poetry if you wish to keep your sanity!

One star for Carice van Houten and the lovely ocean scenery.
December 10, 2012
Though the film revolves around an interesting eccentric character, it did not manage to capture a solid plot, nor did it seem to have managed to provide a climax or any points to make the film as important as the woman it portrays.
½ November 16, 2012
True story of South African poet Sylvia Plath.
September 7, 2012
A dark and psychologically twisted movie....The character is very reckless in her relationships and life. The mental health issues tend to help avoid the sentimental clichà (C) that normally follows psychological movies. I did however think this movie would have more of a political aspect, but it didn't.... Worth a watch on a gloomy day....
August 22, 2012
no words. no, wait! AWESOME!
August 6, 2012
Always feels like a life schematically condensed rather than intimately explored.
July 8, 2012
Beautifully done. The acting and Cape Town were the stars.
½ June 18, 2012
Interesting. Touching. Beautiful.
June 15, 2012
Very beautifully, artisticly put on film.
March 4, 2012
@mergoth I just hope papalabas to here. you know nah.
½ March 3, 2012
has a serious case of art dreaminess but the acting never hits a wrong note, and the poems are good.
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