The Butterfly

French Title: Le Papillon
Genre: Comedy / Drama
Director: Philippe Muyl
Cast: Michel Serrault, Claire Bouanich, Nade Dieu…
Run Time: 1 h 25 min
Country: France
Release: 2002 in France

Presented at Focus on French Cinema in 2005

This great movie tells us the story of Julien is an old rather grumbling man who lives alone in his vast apartment of the 11th district in Paris.
A few days before, a very young woman and her small eight-years’ daughter, Elsa, have moved in a one-room flat just above him. This young mother is cashier in a supermarket and, because of her premature pregnancy, prefers have fun at night rather than take care of her litle girl. And every evening Elsa is alone.
Abandoned, sad because of her lack of affection, Elsa has met Julien and spins a yarn : “My mother left during a week; she left me alone, I go away with you !” A run away under protection in a sense. Julien says no, of course. But he does not know yet how Elsa is obsstinate and imaginative.