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Butterfly's Tongue [DVD] 
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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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In the summer of 1936, before the outbreak of the civil war that plunged Spain into three years of agony and terror, 8 year old Moncho is beginning his first day of school. At first affraid of his new teacher, Don Gregorio - who he has heard flogs pupils - teacher and pupil soon develop an inseperable bond, bron of their shared interest in insect life.
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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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best foreign movies ever. Could watch many times and still enjoy.Published 3 months ago by wavy davy
would have loved to have watch this film, but the version we had didnt have subtitles......my Spanish sadly is not that good! :-(Published 18 months ago by Goat Man
I am an A Level Spanish teacher and I use this film to teach my students about life in the lead up to the civil war. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Miss P.
Beautiful film examining how life in a Galician village was affected by Franco's call to mutinyPublished 21 months ago by Nick
Beautiful film, touching film, shocking and disturbing film. Not to be missed. Well acted and produced.Published 22 months ago by Skylark
The story of a child's relationship with a caring teacher but his family found themselves on opposing sides and this resulted in a betrayal.Published on 14 Jan. 2014 by Anne Gibbons