The Butterfly (Le papillon)
The Butterfly (Le papillon) (2004)

Directed and written by Philippe Muyl, the family-friendly Le Papillon (The Butterfly) concerns a search for the title creature. Often lonely because of her single mother's busy work schedule, eight-year-old Elsa (Claire Bouanich)… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 19, 2004
DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

The film has a sweetness that stops short of sentimentality.

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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly

If there's anyone to credit for The Butterfly's eventual triumph over the inherent fatuousness of the material, it's the great Serrault and his tiny leading lady, who matches her elder nearly line for line and look for look.

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Kim Williamson
Boxoffice Magazine

The unyielding lens catches even the smallest moments of yielding as the two humans, one so young and one so old, one so eager and one so broken, come to appreciate each other.

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Marta Barber
Miami Herald

The story is as predictable as a hot summer in South Florida, but if you're in need of comfort, Le Papillon is a good choice.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Depending on your perspective, this French family drama will either feel sweetly sentimental or shamelessly manipulative.

Harry Haun
Film Journal International

A delicately etched little character study.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

An exceptionally satisfying film of much grace and beauty.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Michel Serrault's typically expert performance and writer-director Philippe Muyl's ability to avoid the usual cliches in his execution of the tale give The Butterfly an undeniable appeal.

Rob Blackwelder

Quiet yet wonderfully curious, bold but not bratty, this moon-faced little girl captures the subconsciously tarnished innocence of a child accustomed to having the blues...

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A wonderfully endearing film. The two main characters are brilliant, effective and adorable. The film maker manages to take a story that could be syrupy sweet… More
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Delightfully unexpected invigorating refreshment! A movie with substance, heart and love for life... and we need so little to have all of that! I enjoyed every… More