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Butterfly

2004 2h 9m Drama Romance List
Reviews 76% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
A married schoolteacher (Josie Ho) begins a lesbian romance with a younger musician (Tian Yuan). Read More Read Less

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Rob Blackwelder SPLICEDWire Rated: 3/4 Apr 29, 2005 Full Review Steve Rhodes Internet Reviews Although the kissing is hot, the narrative gets thinner and thinner as it goes along. Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 9, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Frans G Flashbacks, déjà vu, dream images, current relationship, previous love, current love and the Tiananmen protest in Beijing 1989, fill this 128-minute film by Yan Yan Mak. It's too much. Lovely leading role by Tian Yuan (Yip). Beautifully intimate images. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 04/28/24 Full Review Audience Member An interesting film about balancing between familial/societal obligation and being true to oneself. Not a bad way to spend 80 mins Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Too slow although the end is rewarding Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Somewhat romantic, but very lose script. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member A very sweet film about sexual awakening. Many have commented that the romance blossoms too quickly, which for me completely misses the point. The reason the attractive builds into romance so fast is due to the feelings of nostalgia it raises in Flavia. One of the most honest and beautiful subjects of this film is to see selfish lust drift into actual love. For Flavia, love is at first an ecape. It reminds her of when she felt young and wanted. For Yip, it's a chance to be with an older woman that will support her during the building of her music career. As the events unfold it doesn't leave the world unaffected. Flavia's marriage begins to crumble, and her husband is portrayed as sweet, but too reliant on her. We get a feeling that Flavia hasbeen forced into this life against her will. The past is sent against a political backdrop that raises tensions. I watched this on Blu-Ray which just emphasized the stunning photography. A real quiet gem of a film, which hides enough of the relationship to make it an ambiguous study open for interpretation. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/20/23 Full Review Audience Member Truly beautiful movie. Tends to get a bit long-ish, but good cast, good story. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A married schoolteacher (Josie Ho) begins a lesbian romance with a younger musician (Tian Yuan).
Director
Yan Yan Mak
Producer
Yan Yan Mak, Jacqueline Liu
Screenwriter
Yan Yan Mak
Genre
Drama, Romance
Original Language
Chinese
Runtime
2h 9m