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Drama - Crime

Black Butterfly (2017)

Duration1h 33m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R, Spain: 12 
Source of storyA 2008 French film “Papillon Noir” by Hervé Korian
DirectorBrian Goodman
Writers/ScriptJustin Stanley, Marc Frydman
StarringAntonio Banderas, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Piper Perabo, 
RatingsIMDb: 6.2 by 13,000 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 40% by 20 reviewers.

Elevator Pitch: Paul, a reclusive screenwriter with a drink problem takes in a hitchhiker who in return promises to help him overcome his writer’s block. Jack, the visitor, becomes increasingly violent in his effort to get Paul to get it together and when Laura, Paul’s real-estate agent, calls Jack forces the two to push her car into a pond and takes her prisoner. Paul and Laura make attempts to escape, but are always caught by Jack. What to do?

Content: There is no sex or nudity. In fact Jack goes swimming in the pond in his trousers. Paul bumbles about a bit. He drives a Jeep to a diner and buys supplies. We see him in his isolated house surrounded by dirty dishes and general debris. After he picks up Jack the two often argue, and Paul is forced to break his bottles of booze. There are weapons. Paul has a double barrelled twelve bore. Jack has a knife and a military shotgun with a fold away stock. 

A View:  This is a low budget thriller which cost $5,500,000 but does not seem to have made its money back. The few critics who saw it did not like it much. I found myself constantly questioning what Jack was getting out of all this, since he did not appear to be a total nut and was surprised by the appearance of the military shot gun. But as it turned out, it hardly mattered, but to say more would be a spoiler. It only just makes it into the “have it on while doing your knitting” category.

Additional info: It was filmed in Italy.

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