Pretty Butterflies

Dir.: Salvatore Mereu | Italy 2012 | 100 min

12-year-old Cate wants to be a rock star when she grows up. She definitely doesn't want to end up being a whore like her older sister, who became pregnant aged 13. And once she has become a star, as the adolescent ruminates to the bathroom mirror, she will choose her own husband. A very special tenderness is at stake in Salvatore Mereus's irresistible 'Pretty Butterflies'. Cate and her equally cocky girlfriend Luna live in Sardinia, in a poor neighbourhood of Cagliari. One summer night, they are awakened by the loud screams of an eccentric neighbour, and this only increases Cate's desire to get away. Away from her hopeless parents, her countless siblings and a vision of the future that is not exactly rosy. Cate has thrown her unconditional love on Gigi, and when his life is suddenly in danger, a bit of magic is needed. Sara Podda is formidable as the persevering Cate, and Mereus's film is populated with characters that are so wonderfully crazy, funny and frightening that Fellini would be envious.

Original Title
Bellas mariposas
Title
Pretty Butterflies
Country
Italy
Release Year
2012
Duration
100 min.
Directors
Salvatore Mereu
Producer
Elisabetta Soddu, Salvatore Mereu
Script
Cast
Micaela Ramazzotti, Sara Podda, Maya Mulas, Davide Todde, Luciano Curreli, Maria Loi, Rosalba Piras
Camera
Massimo Foletti
Sound
Valentino Gianni, Stefano Sabatini
Editor
Paola Freddi
Music
Train to Roots, Balentes, Antonio Castrignanò, Rosalba Piras
Production Company
Viacolvento, Rai Cinema
Version
Dialogue: Italian English Subtitles
Tempo
7
Thrills
4
Sighs
7
Laughs
7
Look
7
Food for thought
4