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Butterfly (1999)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 221187803
UPC: 031398138396
UPC 14: 00031398138396
Category Keywords: 1930s  Relationships  Teachers  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Moncho (Manuel Lozano) is a curious little boy who lives with his loving family in rural 1930s Spain. Sitting in his bed reading at night while his older brother practices his saxophone, Moncho is afraid of starting school and afraid especially that the teacher will beat him. To the contrary, teacher Don Gregorio (Fernando Fernan Gomez) fascinates Moncho with lessons about nature and freedom. Taking long walks by the stream in the beautiful countryside--catching butterflies, listening for the sounds of crickets, peeking at the local girls swimming nearby--Moncho and his brother learn to appreciate the beauty of nature, and through it achieve a better understanding of their own coming of age.

Underlying this gentle plot is an aggravated political situation, suggested in debates between Moncho's parents or in suspicious activity among the parents of Moncho's classmates. When the Spanish Civil War commences in 1936, this peaceful period of discovery comes to an abrupt end as Moncho is faced with real life lessons about political persecution, discrimination, religious hysteria, and the terror of war. Capturing the color and mystery of the world as seen through a child's eyes, Jose Luis Cuerda's BUTTERFLY is a sweet, moving film.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/25/2013
Video Play Time Running Time: 97 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1999
Video UPC UPC: 00031398138396
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Gonzalo Martin Uriarte
Video Cast Info Manuel Lozano
Video Cast Info Alexis De Los Santos
Video Cast Info Uxia Blanco
Video Cast Info Fernando Fernan Gomez
Video Cast Info Guillermo Toledo
Video Cast Info Rafael Azcona - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jose Luis Cuerda - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Manuel Rivas - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jose Luis Cuerda - Director

Professional Reviews

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"...Lovely pastoral settings and finely tuned performances [by Gomez and Lozano]..." 07/??/2000 p.33

Entertainment Weekly
"...Something quite powerfully unnerving..." -- Rating: B 07/21/2000 p.55

Box Office
"...A variety of fine performances..." 05/01/2000 p.61

Los Angeles Times
"...BUTTERFLY is a beautiful, harrowing film of understated power and perception..." 06/16/2000 p.C18

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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