La Lengua de las Mariposas (Butterfly) (Butterfly Tongues)
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La Lengua de las Mariposas (Butterfly) (Butterfly Tongues)
Veteran director Jose Luis Cuerda delivered this sensitive portrait of a child coming of age during a tense political situation just before the Spanish Civil War. On his first day of school, frail eight-year-old Moncho (Manuel Lozano) is so terrified by the imposing figure of his teacher Don Gregorio (Fernando Fernan Gomez) that he flees into the nearby woods. In spite of his authoritarian appearance, the schoolmaster proves to be a kind, free-thinking Republican who teaches Moncho the virtues of being good. The boy is soon spending much of his time with the elderly Gregorio in the Galician… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Because the film marches so inexorably toward its conclusion, it would be unfair to hint at what happens, except to say that it provides a heartbreaking insight into the way that fear creates cowards."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A bitterswet coming-of-age drama about the ways in which paranoia can stifle our courage, sanity, and love."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Has a delicate beauty about it, but its fragility becomes its ultimate undoing."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
"Elegant and astonishing in its powerful simplicity."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"powerful, poignant, and thought provoking"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"The real tragedy is the death of a liberal education."
‑ Peter Henne, Film Journal International
"José Luis Cuerda's film is filled with easy metaphors, as subtle and delicate as a butterfly's wing."
‑ David N. Butterworth, rec.arts.movies.reviews