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Butterfly, The

English title: Butterfly, The
Original title: Papillon, Le
German title: Schmetterling, Der - Le Papillon
France, 2002

Director: Muyl, Philippe
Production company: Patrick Godeau, Alicéleo
Co-producers: Canal+, Cofimage 13, France 2 Cinema, Natexis Banques Populaire Images 3, Rhone-Alpes Cinema
Age recommendation: 8 years and up

Eight year-old Elsa and her single mother move into the same building as Julien, a grumpy pensioner with a passion for butterflies. One afternoon the old man and the girl meet in a Bistrot and Julien is forced to accompany her home. Elsa then begins to visit him and when he goes off in search of a rare butterfly, she hides in his car in order to follow him. During the journey the pair get to know each other better and to like each other notwithstanding their differences. (Giffoni 2003)

Marketing strategies:
More than one million admissions in French cinemas.

Giffoni 2003 (awarded),Antwerp/Brugge 2004, Malmö 2004, Zlin 2004, Duesseldorf 2004, Vienna 2004, Cairo 2004 (awarded)

Study guide: Danish

Study guide: French

Study guide: German

World sales address/es:
France TV President Classics (F)

Sold to:
Rezo (F)
Koolfilm (D)
Bundesverband Jugend und Film (DE)