Le papillon (2004)

Le papillon (2004)



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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) worries that her daughter has been kidnapped.
Art House & International , Drama
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Nade Dieu
as Isabelle
Francoise Michaud
as Cafe Waitress
Helen Hily
as Marguerite, the Concierge
Pierre Poirot
as Police Commissioner
Jacky Nercessian
as The Other Police Officer
Jacques Bouanich
as Sebastien's Father
Catherine Cyler
as Sebastien's Mother
Jerry Lucas
as Sebastien
Dominique Marcas
as Sebastien's Grandmother
Idwig Stephane
as Entomologist
Francis Frappat
as Geometrician
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Critic Reviews for Le papillon

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8)

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Le papillon

Rating: 82% As sweet as it is imaginative, The Butterfly is a heartfelt and entertaining drama that gets viewers to relate to both of the main characters.

Mo Brown
Mo Brown

It is an adorable movie. It is about a very sensitive, and smart girl. She receives attention from her neighbor, an old and lonely man. She pushes him to take her to his adventure at the same time that she send a distress message to her mother.

Claudia Feitosa-Santana Hernandez
Claudia Feitosa-Santana Hernandez

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.
Cynthia S.

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