Black Butterflies
Black Butterflies (2012)

Poetry, politics, madness, and desire collide in the true story of the woman hailed as South Africa's Sylvia Plath. In 1960s Cape Town, as Apartheid steals the expressive rights of blacks and whites alike, young Ingrid Jonker (Carice… More

Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 2, 2012
DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
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Critic Score: 67% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Van Houten ... gives a strong performance as Jonker, and the cinematography is pleasing, but the script is cliché-ridden and ends on an overly sentimental note.

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Rex Reed
New York Observer

Black Butterflies is a dark, moving depiction of the life and death of a brave rebellious, idiosyncratic woman who made significant strides toward changing the world around her and paid a heavy toll for her passion.

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Leslie Stonebraker
New York Press

Black Butterflies is the sad human poetry of the lost souls who slip beneath the waves to echo in our collective consciousness.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

The movie reminds you of the extent to which poetry has been marginalized as a cultural force since the early 1960s.

Keith Uhlich
Time Out

Always feels like a life schematically condensed rather than intimately explored.

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Kent Turner

The screenplay defiantly never softens [Ingrid] Jonker, but challenges the audience to take her or leave her.

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Sam Adams
AV Club

Black Butterflies scarcely tries to illuminate the substance of Jonker's writing.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

Art, politics, and craziness conspire to form a rather mechanical melodrama in Black Butterflies...

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Kenji Fujishima
Slant Magazine

As far as middlebrow biopics go, it may not break any molds, but it's a reasonably sensitive and occasionally insightful look into the mind and psyche of an impassioned and deeply troubled artist.

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Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Nice movie, albeit very slow, and depressing.
Walter M.
In 1960 South Africa, Jack Cope(Liam Cunningham) saves Ingrid Jonker(Carice van Houten) from drowning. They bond over the fact that they are both writers; his… More