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Black Butterflies

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Plot

She searched for a home, she searched for love. Confronted by Apartheid and a father who was Minister of censorship…

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 5.9/10 (590 voted)

Critic's Score: 69/100

Director:
Paula van der Oest

Stars: Rutger Hauer, Carice van Houten, Liam Cunningham

Storyline
She searched for a home, she searched for love. Confronted by Apartheid and a father who was Minister of censorship. With men like Jack Cope and Andre Brink she found much love, but no home. In his first speech to the South African Parliament Nelson Mandela read her poem "The Dead Child of Nyanga" and addresses her as one of the finest poets of South Africa.

Cast:

Rutger Hauer

Abraham Jonker


Carice van Houten

Ingrid Jonker


Liam Cunningham

Jack Cope


Grant Swanby

Jan Rabie


Martinus Van Der Berg

Maruis Schoon

(as Marthinus Van den Berg)


Candice D'Arcy

Anna Jonker


Graham Clarke

Uys Krige


Leon Clingman

Valkenberg receptionist


Jennifer Steyn

Lucille – Lulu


Waldemar Schultz

Ettiene le Roux


Florence Masebe

Maria


Damon Berry

Pieter Venter


Nicholas Pauling

Eugene Maritz


Tarryn Page

Irma


Sabrina Oschmann

Young Ingrid



Details

Official Website:
Official site [Netherlands] |

Release Date: 31 March 2011

Gross: $1,228,631
(Netherlands)
(26 June 2011)



Technical Specs

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User Review

In need of a plot

Rating: 3/10


A middle aged writer rescues a young woman from drowning near the
shores of South Africa. Although he is much older, they fall in love
right there and then and soon some obvious complications ensue. There
is hardly a likable or interesting character in this wandering
historical drama about the poet Ingrid Jonker (Carice van Houten). It
deals primarily with the mentally troubled Jonker and her precarious
relationships with men, including her father (Rutger Hauer) who is a
member of the apartheid regime she strongly opposes.

The film never picks up any speed and the absence of a discernible plot
line or a compelling narrative makes for a very pallid viewing
experience. Hauers script is particularly one-note but the same could
be said of van Houten who seemed to be out of her depth in the role of
a frustrated and depressed young woman trying to get her voice heard
through rebellious poetry. Liam Cunningham fares a lot better as one of
the two love interests and produces the only sympathetic character of
the film.