Butterfly's Tongue details
|Starring:||Uxía Blanco, Manuel Lozano, Fernando Fernán Gómez, Gonzalo Uriarte|
|Director:||José Luis Cuerda|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 33 minutes|
|Rental release:||20 Nov 2000|
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Butterfly's tongueBy traklaw from Strathclyde , 26 Oct 2003
[Highly rated reviewer]Set on the cusp of the Spanish civil war this wonderful, bitter sweet film tells the tale of a relationship between a wise old school teacher at the end of his career, and a young boy just starting school.
Against a background of growing fascist oppression Don Gregario attempts to teach his class and young Moncho about freedom, love, liberty and the wonders of the world but can he do so against the relentless advance of Francos dictatorship?
This film captures much of the emotion we experienced in films like Cinema Paradisio, without being over sentimental. It is a thought provoking without being didactic, entertaining without being shallow. I cannot recommend it too highly.
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Sad but trueBy StoryeBook (31 reviews) , 20 Nov 2013Politics and civil wars are terrible things and children who get mixed up in them cannot be accountable for their actions - I think this is what the film illustrates - so sadly and movingly - and there's nothing anyone can do.
A Spanish gemBy steely (13 reviews) from Sunderland , 09 Jun 2013This film is a top class foreign movie and anyone who likes and appreciates foreign movies will love this. The young boy steals the show as per cinema paridiso, although the old boy playing the teacher is also brilliant. Very unlike the big block busters where you could care less about the main characters. The ending is very well conceived.
1935 Start of the Dark Years in SpainBy a customer , 28 Feb 2013Probably --- No--- this is the best film I have ever seen, a story of love hate learning and betrayal, ( and a belief ) A film made with feeling. Beautifully done.
A bittersweet gem of a movie.By gingerspike (432 reviews) from Grimsby , 07 Jun 2012A wonderful, moving, sad film about a young boy and his relationship with his teacher in Spain as the country is about to be immersed in civil war. The film touches on the notion of cowardice and is in essence a political film.
Butterfly's TongueBy Deeleeds (65 reviews) from Leeds , 05 May 2012Butterfly's Tongue,I enjoyed this little film a lot , definitely worth renting out even if your not keen on subtitled films.