Butterfly (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

Original title:  La Lengua de las Mariposas

Spain, 1999.  , , , , .  Screenplay by , Jose Luis Cuerda, .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

While the Spanish civil war brews in the distance, a young boy growing up in the provinces is inspired by his aging teacher to reach out and grasp an understanding of the world around him. His innocent perceptions of politics, sexuality and nature are widened with each passing opportunity for learning, until the devastating reality of his country’s situation finally strikes the final blow and makes him a full member of his society. This perceptive, understated drama is blessed with gorgeous production details and lovable performances. is terrific as the youngster, while gives a heartbreaking turn as the educator who wants to see his students grow up free in their thinking and, for doing so, runs the risk of being denounced as a communist menace.

European Film Award Nomination:  Best European Screenwriter

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