All Julien (Michel Serrault) wants to do in his old age is collect and preserve butterflies. But when a woman (Nade Dieu) and her 8-year-old daughter Elsa (Claire Bouanich) take residence in his building, his world opens up for good. Young Elsa befriends Julien and sneakily joins him on a trip to the Alps to find a rare butterfly specimen. During this getaway, their touching intergenerational bond deepens in this family-friendly French film.
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- Philippe Muyl
NRNot rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
Full Screen 1.33:1Subtitles
NoLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 StereoOther features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; trailer; cast and crew information; photo gallery.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that The Butterfly, which is an excellent French film about a girl who sneaks away from her absentee mother to go on a butterfly hunting adventure with a cranky grandfatherly lepidopterist, frankly discusses topics like abortion and teenage motherhood. Elsa, the precocious 9 year old who becomes friends with Julien, is a worldwise Parisian girl who is familiar with adult topics like these. There is some profanity throughout ("s--t," "damn"), but all-in-all, these two characters light up the screen, and the acting is so far above and beyond most children's movies, the end result is a touching film about the difficulties and joys of family and friendship, all set amidst the backdrop of both Paris and the butterfly-filled countryside.
- Sexual Content
- "Love making" is referenced.
- A little girl is shown trapped at the bottom of a cave-like crevasse. A poacher hunts, shoots, and kills a deer. Characters make references to serial killers.
- "Damn," "Goddamn," and "s--t." A character is referred to as "scratching his balls."
- Social Behavior
- Beautiful friendships can develop, no matter the differences in age or backgrounds between people.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- At a dinner, adults are shown sipping wine.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it