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Butterfly(La lengua de las mariposas)

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Spain · 1999
Rated R · 1h 36m
Director José Luis Cuerda
Starring Fernando Fernán Gómez, Manuel Lozano, Uxía Blanco, Gonzalo Uriarte
Genre Drama

This coming-of-age historical drama centers on Moncho, a seven-year-old boy living in Western Spain in 1936. Against the backdrop of political turmoil, Moncho learns about the world from his inspiring teacher Don Gregorio and enjoys life in the village, until the looming Spanish Civil War threatens his happiness.

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Los Angeles Times by Kevin Thomas

A beautiful, harrowing film of understated power and perception that affords Fernando Fernán Gómez, the Spanish cinema's great, weathered veteran, yet another of his unforgettable performances.


TV Guide Magazine by Maitland McDonagh

Though beautifully photographed, acted and written (the three source stories are skillfully blended into a single narrative), this leisurely, bittersweet look at a child's loss of innocence ends rather abruptly and inconclusively.

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