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Butterfly (1999)

La lengua de las mariposas (original title)
R | | Drama | 18 August 2000 (USA)
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For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older ... See full summary »

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José Luis Cuerda
6 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Fernán Gómez ... Don Gregorio
Manuel Lozano ... Moncho
Uxía Blanco Uxía Blanco ... Rosa
Gonzalo Uriarte Gonzalo Uriarte ... Ramón
Alexis de los Santos Alexis de los Santos ... Andrés
Jesús Castejón ... D. Avelino
Guillermo Toledo Guillermo Toledo ... O'Lis
Elena Bagutta ... Carmiña (as Elena Fernández)
Tamar Novas ... Roque
Tatán Tatán ... Roque Padre
Roberto Vidal Bolaño Roberto Vidal Bolaño ... Boal (as Roberto Vidal)
Celso Parada Celso Parada ... Macias
Celso Bugallo ... Cura
Antonio Lagares Antonio Lagares ... Alcalde (as Tucho Lagares)
Milagros Jiménez Milagros Jiménez ... Nena
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Storyline

For Moncho, it's an idyllic year: he starts school, he has a wonderful teacher, he makes a friend in Roque, he begins to figure out some of the mysteries of Eros, and, with his older brother, a budding saxophone player, he makes a trip with the band from their town in Galicia. But it's also the year that the Spanish Republic comes under fire from Fascist rebels. Moncho's father is a Republican as is the aging teacher, Don Gregorio. As sides are drawn and power falls clearly to one side, the forces of fear, violence, and betrayal alter profoundly what should be the pleasure of coming of age. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Stop and taste the world. See more »

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for a strong sex scene | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish | Gallegan | Latin

Release Date:

18 August 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Butterfly Tongues See more »

Filming Locations:

Ourense, Galicia, Spain

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,092,682

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,738,129
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

On one of their walks home (at 0:38:41), Moncho asks Andrés whether he knows what a tilonorrinco is and proceeds to talk about an Australian bird. In Spanish tilonorrinco is what in English is called the satin bowerbird (Ptilonorhynchus violaceus), a bowerbird endemic to eastern Australia. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Premios Goya 33 edición (2019) See more »

Soundtracks

Carmiña
by Alejandro Amenábar and Lucio Godoy
© 2003 Nuba Records S. L.
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Viva las mariposas!
10 July 2000 | by vytas_See all my reviews

In this film, we see Spain lurching toward the brink of the Spanish Civil War through the huge uncomprehending eyes of the child Moncho. The metaphor for "Butterfly" has many complex applications in this film but for me the most profound of them was the moment that Moncho's saintly teacher captures a butterfly in a net, tenderly observes it and then sets it free. If only the future of Spain had been in such sensitive hands. As the film progresses through its beautifully photographed scenes of ordinary life, the reality of the evils of Fascism and the hope of the Republicans begin to chasm the serenity of the land.

The film is not about war, it is rather, about how much personal honor people will trade for an idea of security for themselves and their families. In a way, it parallels the dilemma in the scene in Eisenstein's STRIKE in which a woman with starving children is thrown a coin by one of the factory bosses. Wonderfully executed performances in a profoundly moving film. -Rowena Silver


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