Black Butterflies Reviews

  • Mar 22, 2014

    good bio-pic of the woman called so. africa's sylvia plath

    good bio-pic of the woman called so. africa's sylvia plath

  • Feb 18, 2014

    Carice van Houten is a very good actress.

    Carice van Houten is a very good actress.

  • Walter M Super Reviewer
    Aug 01, 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.

    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."

    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."

  • Apr 15, 2013

    Depressing, but true.

    Depressing, but true.

  • Cynthia S Super Reviewer
    Mar 19, 2013

    Nice movie, albeit very slow, and depressing.

    Nice movie, albeit very slow, and depressing.

  • Feb 21, 2013

    quite a bullshitty film..

    quite a bullshitty film..

  • Jan 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.

    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.

  • Dec 06, 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.

    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.

  • Nov 16, 2012

    True story of South African poet Sylvia Plath.

    True story of South African poet Sylvia Plath.