Parents' Guide to

The Butterfly

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Excellent French film with child discussing mature topics.

Movie NR 2003 80 minutes
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THE BUTTERFLY features excellent acting, an engaging story, and beautiful shots of the French countryside. The film is both a story about the friendship that develops between an ornery lepidopterist and a precocious 9 year old, as well as a discussion about life, death, and the difficulties between a single mom and her young daughter.

And yet, while discussing these heavier topics, there's a charm and grace to the film that is undeniable. One wishes all young performers were as natural as Claire Bouanich. While mentions of serial killer and abortion would make this problematic for more sensitive and/or younger viewers, The Butterfly is a superb physical, mental, and emotional adventure putting new spins on familiar themes.

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