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Butterfly Kiss (1996)




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This unsettling variation on Thelma and Louise (1991) is an unusual and often macabre love story/black comedy about two peculiar women, played by Amanda Plummer and Saskia Reeves, who roam through Northern England on a killing spree. Plummer is Eunice, a tattooed, schizophrenic free spirit who is wandering in search of her recently departed lover, Judith. She leaves one gas station attendant dead when the person admits to not being Judith. But when she meets Miriam (Reeves), another gas station attendant who longs for love and attention, Eunice doesn't ask the fatal question. Strangely captivated by the eccentric woman, Miriam spends the night with Eunice and falls under her peculiar charm, Calling each other "Eu" and "Mi," they hit the road, where they murder anyone who gets in their way. Both women sense that their actions will ultimately bring about a tragic end, but their dedication to their cause (rebelling against men who trivialize and demean women everywhere) and their love for one another gives them the strength to carry on. Though Plummer's Eunice seems to have the upper hand through most of the film, it is the sacrifice that "Mi" makes for "Eu" that catches and holds the viewer at the conclusion of this bizarre little tale. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Butterfly Kiss

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The performances have a gravity about them that is unusual in the movies.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

There is a world of possible interpretation lurking beneath the surface of Frank Cottrell Boyce's script, which is as disorientating as the scenario the characters find themselves in.

September 12, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Un film qui tenta de profiter de l'immense popularité du Thelma & Louise de Ridley Scott pour tirer son épingle du jeu, mais qui n'y parvint qu'à moitié.

March 23, 2006 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

A bizarre and downcast road flick best described as Thelma and Louise meets Natural Born Killers, only with a lot less flash and a lot more lesbianism.

July 8, 2002 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A strange little tale from England about a weirdo homicidal drifter.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Butterfly Kiss

There are moments in this film that are so searing, of such brutal honesty, that it becomes difficult to keep watching. Both leads absolutely bare (both literally and figuratively) themselves on screen, bravely, encompassing and embracing their fucked up characters. The film is structured like a killers-on-the-run road movie (Badlands, Kalifornia, Natural Born Killers) intercut with interview segments with one of the characters. The structure has its strengths and weaknesses, and the plot can be pedestrian at times, but it never betrays the characters. Michael Winterbottom has proven time and time again that he is a multi-talented director, and does an excelent job here, neither romanticizing what happens nor descending to the level of clinical study. The film is, first and foremost, empathic. I don't know who I would recommend this to, other than myself, as this is most definitely not an audience type film but independent art.

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