Butterfly's Tongue (La Lengua de las Mariposas/ aka The Tongue of the Butterfly


Time Out says

Galicia, 1936. Eight-year-old Moncho (Lozano) runs away from his first day in school, terrified that his teacher Don Gregorio (Fernán-Gómez) is a flogger. His concerns are misplaced and, once he's coaxed back, he finds Don Gregorio a learned tutor and ally. Over the following months, Moncho learns about spiders and butterflies, potatoes and poetry; befriends a classmate, Roque, with whom he spies on a torrid backwoods love affair; and accompanies his budding saxophonist brother (de los Santos) abroad to the Santa Maria de Lombas Fair, where they meet a beguiling mute girl bearing the scar of a wolf. In the background the nation's political ferment looms, threatening to disrupt the benign course of Moncho's life lessons. A simple colourful fable underscoring the fragility of liberal romantic values, the film combines three Manuel Rivas short stories to slightly rambling effect. Beautifully filmed and lovingly performed, it paints a rather rose-tinted vision of pastoral arcadia, so the sobering finale comes as quite an abrupt change of mood.


Release details

96 mins

Cast and crew

José Luis Cuerda
Rafael Azcona
Fernando Fernán- Gómez
Manuel Lozano
Uxía Blanco
Gonzálo M Uriarte
Alexis de los Santos
Tamar Novas
Guillermo Toldeo
Elena Fernández
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