La Lengua de las Mariposas (Butterfly) (Butterfly Tongues)
La Lengua de las Mariposas (Butterfly) (Butterfly Tongues) (2000)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2000
DVD Release Date: March 28, 2006
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A bitterswet coming-of-age drama about the ways in which paranoia can stifle our courage, sanity, and love.

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David N. Butterworth

José Luis Cuerda's film is filled with easy metaphors, as subtle and delicate as a butterfly's wing.

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Michael Dequina

Elegant and astonishing in its powerful simplicity.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

powerful, poignant, and thought provoking

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Peter Henne
Film Journal International

The real tragedy is the death of a liberal education.

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Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

Has a delicate beauty about it, but its fragility becomes its ultimate undoing.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Bruce Bruce
A European import teaches us how simple and beautiful film can be. `Butterfly' or `Butterfly Tongues' (in some US markets) tells the delightful story… More
Megan S
Another Spanish class movie. Very good.
Robert C
A wonderful (but tragic) story about a very bright but fragile little boy from a conservative family and the strength and courage that he gets from his very… More
Daisy Maduro
La Lengua de las mariposa was a gem of a movie. It reminded us how beautiful life can be, but also how cruel the reality of living in a world ruled by politics… More
Pierluigi Puccini
A heartbreaking microcosmos of spain's socio political situation in the eve of their civil war. told with serenity and wisdom.
Quinto Wallight
A cute movie that's only that: cute. Nevertheless, it has an incredibly heart-breaking ending.