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Butterfly (2003)

Director: Phillippe Muyl     Starring: Michel Serrault
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40250249
UPC: 720229911191
UPC 14: 00720229911191
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Editor's Note
Writer-director Philippe Muyl delivers this tender French family drama about an unlikely bond that forms between a young girl and her elderly neighbor. Michel Serrault (LE CAGE AUX FOLLES) is Julien, an aging butterfly collector who leads a quiet life. But when Elsa (Claire Bouanich) moves into the apartment above him, Julien's life takes on a new trajectory. Neglected by her mother, the inquisitive eight-year-old attaches herself to Julien and convinces him to take her on a trip to the mountains to try to locate Isabelle, a beautiful but elusive butterfly. At first skeptical, Julien relents--thinking that Elsa's mother has left her alone in the apartment--and the pair embark on their journey. As the journey unfolds, Julien shows Elsa the attention that she's been craving, and Elsa gives Julien a new lease on life, helping him to see the world through more innocent eyes. Back at home, Elsa's mother Isabelle (Nade Dieu) is shocked to discover that her daughter has disappeared. A near-tragedy brings the situation to a head, teaching each of the characters a very valuable lesson about life and love. Directed with extreme sensitivity by Muyl, THE BUTTERFLY features standout performances from the always reliable Serrault and newcomer Bouanich.


Video Features DVD, French

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: First Run Features
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/19/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 80 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 911191D
Video UPC UPC: 00720229911191
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Claire Bouanich
Video Cast Info Nade Dieu
Video Cast Info Michel Serrault
Video Cast Info Nicholas Herdt - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Nicholas Errera - Music
Video Cast Info Patrick Godeau - Producer
Video Cast Info Phillippe Muyl - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Phillippe Muyl - Director

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"[A] delicate, visually translucent film....Its combination of psychological insight and emotional restraint helps it transcend sentimentality." 12/19/2003 p.E13

Box Office
"The unyielding lens catches even the smallest moments of yielding....[Bouanich] is a winsome wonderment..." 03/01/2004 p.31

Los Angeles Times
"THE BUTTERFLY is an exceptionally satisfying film of much grace and beauty." 03/19/2004 p.E11

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Serrault,Michel
Product attributeLabel:   First Run Feature
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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