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Butterfly (The)

Butterfly (The)

cast: Michel Serrault, Claire Bouanich

year: 2003

colour: yes

certificate: U

director: Philippe Muyl

runtime: 85

Comedy "This entertaining film for all ages tells the story of a retired Parisian who reluctantly takes a young girl along on his weeklong hiking trip to find a rare mountain butterfly. On her own more often than not, the freckle-faced, eight-year-old Elsa worms her way into accompanying Julien. The two embark on an adventurous journey during which they learn to get to know and love each other, notwithstanding their differences. Julien teaches Elsa respect for life and for others, while Elsa helps Julien to rediscover the pleasure and warmth of laughter. Serrault plays the cantankerous pensioner with considerable skill. After being tamed by Mathilde Seigner in the Girl from Paris, here Serrault softens under the spell of a child (the captivating Claire Bouanich). A simple and moral tale by Philippe Muyl it won a major prize at the Giffoni festival in Italy." (Cine-Lumiere/Institut Français)


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