La Lengua de las Mariposas (Butterfly) (Butterfly Tongues) Reviews
In the summer of 1936, which is when the films takes place, the whole of Spain was intertwined in the struggle between the Mussolini inspired Nationalist Party and the Republicans. But as the rest of Europe was being over run by a couple different fascist regimes, Spain was trying desperately to prevent that outcome. The film `Butterfly' brings in these elements and lets these two main characters deal with the impending doom and the heart-breaking aftermath. The film also beautifully depicts these simple folks who are desperately trying to find their way in the world. From one side you have the teacher who is just trying to bring peace to his students and their world. And on the other a young boy trying to understand the gigantic world around him. The teachings of the butterflies are a metaphor for the change coming in Spain and in both of their lives. This metaphor rings cleverly through each character in the film which does beg the question did the teacher know about the coming conflict and was trying to say something subtly. After watching this film, I learned the character of Don Gregorio was played by a legendary Spanish actor named Fernando Fernan Gomez. I could see even before I knew who he was that this man is amazing. I haven't seen this kind of subtle grace since Sir John Gielgud. I wish I had a teacher like him in my life. 5 Stars 6-22-13
Known as 'The Butterfly's Tongue' in Australia.
The characters are really wonderful in this film. Amazing with how little you can make a brilliant film. The ending was absolutely magnificent and heart-breaking.
I really enjoyed it, even though I feel it wasn't all that original and it created threads that were left unfinished. Still - great Spanish film.
(In Spanish with English subtitles)
Well filmed especially from the point of view of a curious eight year old who from the first day of school becomes greeted by a teacher whose almost in the midst of retiring, and upon his last remaining days, encourages freedom of thought and religion by using the example of "butterflies" hence the title during the Spanish civil war! The ending is the most powerfulest since it displays how "facism" or religion can affect average civilize people!
Upon reading other reviews about this film, this seemingly short film clocking in 96 minutes(Imdb) but is really about 80- 85 min because of the long previews, this film is really compiled from a bunch of short stories! Made almost identical to "Au Revoir Les Enfants" directed by Lous Malle and more believable than "Pan's Labyrinth" since it consists of one-note characters! The ideology is the same but the transitions are different where the film depends on the fascinating looking demons or folklore of Pan's Labyrinth whereas in Butterfly, the effects of religion or captialists have on people who should be the most closest! May seem very slow to some to anyone who is unfamiliar with Spanish history except that I've seen this type of 'coming to age' story done before, but not quite like this!
A very strong
3 out of 4