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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
It's a horror story in which love, romance, legacies of shame, and murder are all themes.
Positive Role Models
Many characters engage in bad or horrific activities, some more brutal than others.
The cast is French, but represent various ethnicities.
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Violence & Scariness
Sexual assault and murder (stabbings, drownings, suffocation, etc.) are shown. Blood is visible and frequently spatters. A woman screams in pain during an illegal abortion.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual content includes people in their underwear, lots of simulated sex acts, and full-frontal nudity (both male and female).
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Words like "ass" and curses like "s--t" and "f--k" are audible. Some English-language music lyrics contain cursing and the N-word.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults and children smoke cigarettes. Children are shown drinking wine, and adults are shown drinking wine, champagne, beer, hard liquor, etc.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Black Butterflies is a French psychological thriller (available subtitled and dubbed in English) that's intended for mature viewers. It contains multiple brutal and bloody murder sequences, sexual assaults, and other violent moments, as well as extensive sexually explicit scenes featuring nudity and simulated sex acts. Cursing is frequent, and cigarette smoking and drinking is also visible among children and adults. Themes also include love, abuse, shame, and family.
Is It Any Good?
The six-part French series is a sinister thriller that explores love, hate, and the legacy of shame. Flashbacks reveal how Adrien Winckler imagines a young Albert Desiderio (played by Axel Granberger) and Solange, and how their relationship evolved from an innocent friendship between two children stigmatized for being wartime babies born from illicit relationships with military occupiers, to a romance defined by passion and sexualized violence. As the novelist writes and slowly unravels, the parallels drawn between his life and that of the couple take viewers on a strange and complicated journey. Heightening the effect are the multiple cinematic styles incorporated throughout the storytelling process. Black Butterflies is dark and engaging, an entertaining and binge-worthy watch for those who like mature psychological horror.
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