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The Butterfly (2002)

Le papillon (original title)
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This is the story of a young girl named Elsa who was raised by a single mother (Isabelle) in the city. Isabelle and Elsa begin the film moving in next door to an elderly man who collects ... See full summary »

Director:

Philippe Muyl

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Philippe Muyl
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michel Serrault ... Julien
Claire Bouanich Claire Bouanich ... Elsa
Nade Dieu Nade Dieu ... Isabelle
Jacques Bouanich Jacques Bouanich ... Sébastien's Father
Jerry Lucas Jerry Lucas ... Sébastien
Aurélie Meriel ... Amie d'Isabelle
Gérald Maillet Gérald Maillet ... SDF
Françoise Dubois Françoise Dubois ... Femme de la cabine téléphonique
Françoise Michaud ... Cafe Waitress
Hélène Hily Hélène Hily ... Marguerite, the Concierge
Idwig Stephane Idwig Stephane ... Entomologist
Fabien Béhar Fabien Béhar ... Le gérant d'hôtel
Pierre Poirot Pierre Poirot ... Police Commissioner
Magali Bonat Magali Bonat ... Vendeuse magasin de sport
Francis Frappat Francis Frappat ... Geometrician
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This is the story of a young girl named Elsa who was raised by a single mother (Isabelle) in the city. Isabelle and Elsa begin the film moving in next door to an elderly man who collects butterflies (Julien). Isabelle who "spends a lot of time with her friends" does not pay much attention to her daughter who walks home because her mother forgot to pick her up from school. After meeting her new neighbor, Elsa finds out about the butterflies and in short annoys Julien for a while. Julien receives a mystery package from a fellow entomologist. Julien sets out on his annual attempt to find a rare species of butterfly that he had once promised his son he would find (son dead) in the French country side, specifically a region known as Vercors. Elsa stows away in his car. After being discovered she convinces him to let her come to Vercors with him. They bond while hiking and camping until Julien, who is initially annoyed by Elsa, near the end of the film seems to have a ... Written by Anonymous

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Soundtracks

Le Papillon
Performed by Michel Serrault and Claire Bouanich
Composed by Nicolas Errèra
Lyrics by Philippe Muyl
© 2002 Editions Les Notes qui s'aiment et Aliceleo
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A Class movie...
4 December 2006 | by pandyamSee all my reviews

I saw the movie and totally engrossed in the movie. The innocence of Elsa and the stern old man. You can make out the Director was not apt in direction but my view is he directed good; in addition to that the script, character and story line was just class. The innocence of Elsa was just cute; when she says that his name was wrongly registered with missing i in Elsa. And the old man caring for the girl in-spite of she spoiling the party to find find the Butterfly, Isabel.

The ending sequence was most rewarding in addition to the innocent talks in the whole movie between the two, when the old man is being taken away by Police.

And the ending song...I would love to watch over the movie again and again... God Bless for presenting such a good movie. Thank you. Regards, Mukesh Pandya - India.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

18 December 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$31,200, 11 May 2003

Gross USA:

$227,582

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,738,135
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Color

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1.85 : 1
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