Our Rating: ★★½☆☆
L Factor: Lesbian Film
Short Take: Flavia falls in love with a younger woman, although she is already married to a man. As a teenager, she was in love with a Chinese revolutionary.
Alternate Titles: Hu die
Year: 2004
Duration: 125 min
Language: Hong Kong/Chinese
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Yan Yan Mak
Writer: Xue Chen, Yan Yan Mak
Starring: Josie Ho, Yuan Tian, Eric Kot, Stephanie Che, Yat Ning Chan, Joman Chiang, Kenneth Tsang, Pauline Yam, Carl Ng, Yuen-Leung Poon, Redbean Lau, Alice Lee

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ButterflyButterfly made its mark in Hong Kong as an art house film that made money as well as garnering award nominations. At almost two hours, it is very slow moving, with experimental use of the camera.

Flavia (Josie Ho) is a teacher with a husband and young daughter. She finds herself falling in love with the younger Yip (Tian Yuan), and the two share many an erotic scene. Flavia’s husband (Eric Kot) tries to win her back, and as Flavia struggles with guilt, he is actually a very sympathetic character.

We also see home movie-style flashbacks to Flavia’s first love, Jin (Stephanie Che), a teenage revolutionary in China (seen on the dvd cover). For me, the timeline was sometimes hard to follow between past, present and a subplot of another set of teenage girls who ditch school.

For those who like slow, smoldering romances, this might be the one for you, but not my cup of tea. (AB)