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Black Butterflies

HD   Not Rated Closed Captioning

Paula van der Oest

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About the Movie

A Tribeca Film. Award-winning biopic about poet Ingrid Jonker, regarded as South Africa’s Sylvia Plath, as she finds her freedom in the height of 1960’s Apartheid by scripting verse amidst a series of stormy love affairs.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 12
  • Fresh: 8
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 5.6/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The movie reminds you of the extent to which poetry has been marginalized as a cultural force since the early 1960s. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Mar 1, 2012

Fresh: The uncompromising power of Ingrid Jonker's poetry runs like a pulsing vein through Black Butterflies, a 1960s-set drama whose several strong points include the angry intensity of Carice van Houten's fearless perf. – Ronnie Scheib, Variety, Apr 25, 2011

Fresh: Paula van der Oest's biopic of South African poet Ingrid Jonker is conventional yet captivating thanks in large part to a terrific lead performance from Carice van Houten. – Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter, Feb 27, 2012

Rotten: Art, politics, and craziness conspire to form a rather mechanical melodrama in Black Butterflies... – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Feb 28, 2012

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Customer Reviews

Black Butterflies

Very refreshing to watch something that has no American big names and filmed in a beautiful country such
as South Africa. The lead actress was amazing and captivating. The story could have been developed with more
details on her mothers past and Ingrid earlier years as a child. Glad there were no big names in this movie.
Wondering why it is only for rent as I would like to have purchased the movie.

The Inner Buterflies

One very good movie... poetic, political, beautiful and intense. Excellent casting and direction. To be seen if you appreciate repertoire movies.

Black Butterflies
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2011

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