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The Butterfly (Le Papillon) | 2002 | NR | - 1.3.1

Eight-year-old Elsa (Claire Bouanich) and her mom (Nade Dieu), move in next to an elderly entomologist (Michel Serrault) with a lavish butterfly collection in his apartment. Because her mother leaves her alone a lot, Elsa soon grows attached to her neighbor, and the two forge a friendship around the discovery of a rare butterfly. Directed by Philippe Muyl. In French with English subtitles. [1:19]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A man talks about how flowers mate and refers to their inability to make love. A woman wears a tank top that reveals cleavage and bare shoulders.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A deer is shot by poachers while a young girl is watching it graze (she cries as the hunters carry the limp carcass away). A man puts a butterfly in a jar with sodium chloride and it flutters a bit and dies. A young girl is trapped in a deep hole and when she is rescued we see her with a few scratches on her face. A man talks about his son having died when he was 28 years old. A young girl talks to a man about her mother having had an abortion. A man shoves a young girl out of his apartment and yells at her. A young girl goes home with a man she does not know (nothing happens, and there's no implication of anything improper). A man is grumpy and yells at a young girl in many scenes. A man and a woman argue, then jump off a cliff together on a hang glider. A man receives a package with live bugs in it (they are chrysalises and we see them squirming). A young girl is left alone to fend for herself, repeatedly. We see announcements on TV about a young girl missing. A woman worries when her child disappears. A man is called a psychopath. We hear that a man is a widower. A man is arrested for kidnapping a young girl.


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LANGUAGE 1 - 1 scatological term, 1 anatomical term, 3 religious profanities.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People are shown smoking.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Parental responsibility, friendship, butterfly collecting, kidnapping, single parenting, poaching, death of a spouse, being rich, loneliness, manic depression, abortion.

MESSAGE - Where there is no trust, there is no love. It's difficult to enjoy something without sharing it with a friend.

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