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Butterfly's Tongue [DVD] [2000]


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  • Actors: Manuel Lozano, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Uxía Blanco, Gonzalo Uriarte, Alexis de los Santos
  • Directors: José Luis Cuerda
  • Writers: José Luis Cuerda, Manuel Rivas, Rafael Azcona
  • Producers: José Luis Cuerda, Emiliano Otegui, Fernando Bovaira, Jose Maria Iresteiro
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Nov 2000
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YN5L
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,120 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The year is 1935 in the Spanish village of Galicia, and eight-year-old Moncho (Manuel Lozano) is terrified that his new teacher, Don Gregario (Fernando Fernan-Gomez) will flog him. However, Don Gregario proves to be an enlightened man, who shares Moncho's interest in insects and takes him on several enjoyable field trips. Meanwhile, Moncho's teenage brother Andrés (Alexis de los Santos) discovers a talent for the saxophone when he falls in love with a mute Chinese girl from the next village. However, the community becomes split with the arrival of the Spanish Civil War, and Moncho's relationship with his kindly teacher is among the first to feel its effect.

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Beautifully filmed and lovingly performed. -- Time Out

Incredibly Moving. -- The Mirror --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Sharon Sutton on 22 April 2003
Format: DVD
'Butterfly's Tongue' is a minor masterpiece of a movie that deserves to be seen. The relationship between young Moncho and his kindly old grandfatherly teacher is captured beautifully, despite the shadow of the Spanish civil war looming large on the horizon. The viewer is totally immerced in the lives of Moncho, his parents and brother, all observed with brilliance by the actors. The one thing this movie left with me is the knowledge that children are like sponges, soak them with hate early on and we'll all be reaping the 'rewards' later.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. L. Wilkinson on 8 Oct 2008
Format: DVD
A beautiful, touching, moving documentation of a young boy's growing relationship both with his teacher and the world around him that knocks the wind out of your sails and leaves you wounded. I'll take the last look on his teacher's face with me to the grave. "Sshh.. it's a story about love and freedom," says the man on the bicycle, according to screen writer, Rafael Azcona. This is a beautiful, hurtful film that I just can't get out of my head.
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61 of 66 people found the following review helpful By DaveyH on 25 Mar 2007
Format: DVD
Being the archetypal English monoglot (OK I know a few words of other languages but I'm not too hot) I almost dropped this from my rental list when I read the review that it had no subtitles (I can only assume that reviewer couldn't find them).

How wrong that would have been as this was a mesmerising film. The characters were played by an exceptional cast who brought together every nuance of that time in rural Spain. The relationships between the characters - especially that of Monch and his teacher Don Gregorio - felt as real as if one was watching real life instead of a movie. Dialogue was excellent and I wish I could understand Spanish and read the original stories that the movie is based on.

All in all a first rate film that one would hate to have missed.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 May 2007
Format: DVD
This movie is based on three short stories from the same book, which are all experienced from the view point of an 8 year old boy, Moncho, but which are otherwise scarcely related. The story of the school teacher is touchingly portrayed, and Moncho is central to this story, but the story of the dog and the story of the wolf woman contain events which Moncho watches rather than participates in, and could perhaps have been better told from a closer viewpoint.

The three stories themselves are simple but twisted, like the best of Don Camillo. The film seems understated, at least when observed through the English subtitles, and the adult characters seem deliberately underdeveloped.

The English subtitles are poor, at times dialog is missing, and at times the translation was literally correct but could have better reflected the empathy of the character.

Overall this is a rewarding and thought provoking movie. Although this lacks the beautiful score of Malena, Butterfly's Tongue should appeal to the same audience.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Run Mal Run on 6 Dec 2010
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A lovely little film of childhood innocence being overtaken by outside political intrigue. Beautiful portrayal of characters and 1930s Spain. The nature scenes are outstanding. You might find that a basic knowledge of the Spanish Civil War might help you understand better the train of events and ongoing political references during the film. Could not recommend it enough.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Juanita on 4 July 2010
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little asthmatic boy starts school in Spain very close to the start of the Spanish Civil War. After a scary start cos he believes the teacher thrashes his pupils, Moncho - the dimunitive of Ramon - finds that the teacher knows so many things about the world at large - in fact an inexaustable source of interesting knowledge. On the pathway to his knowledge Moncho also learns a few things about his neighbours in the village! An abrupt end - depicting the way that a declaration of war can affect innocent civilians and change their thoughts into opposing actions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Top Cat on 30 May 2010
Format: DVD
The scence is set as a young boy starts his first day at school but he is affraid after rumours amongst the children that the teacher is a tyrant. However, the teacher turns out to be the opposite as his approach is that of libertarian education towards his students. The boy later discovers his teacher is an anarchist. The film is set during the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War and as the small rural community believe in the ideal of 'land and freedom' things begin to take a turn when the community suffers the ordeal of a visit by the Franco's foot soldiers.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar 2003
Format: DVD
Loss of innocence can be the greatest loss of all, it robs you of the most beautiful things in your life, and then all you have are the memories and a ghostly taste of that time that left you so long ago. If you like to recapture a taste this is the movie but remember innocence is impermanent, and this film is as beautiful as it is sad, because we see through the eyes of a boy the loss of innocence of a nation, with all its implications.
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