Black Butterflies 2012 R CC

Amazon Instant Video

(20) IMDb 6.2/10
Available in HDAvailable on Prime

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.

Starring:
Carice Van Houten, Rutger Hauer
Runtime:
1 hour 40 minutes

Available in HD on supported devices.

Black Butterflies

By placing your order, you agree to our Terms of Use. Sold by Amazon Digital Services, Inc. Additional taxes may apply.

Product Details

Genres Drama, International
Director Paula van der Oest
Starring Carice Van Houten, Rutger Hauer
Supporting actors Rutger Hauer, Graham Clarke, Nicholas Pauling, Candice D'Arcy, Ceridwen Morris, Grant Swanby, Waldemar Schultz, Tarryn Page, Louis Pretorius, Damon Berry, Martinus Van Der Berg, Florence Masebe, Jennifer Steyn, Thamsanqua Mbongo, Nicholas Allers, Diane Wilson, Euodia Sampson, Albert Maritz
Studio Tribeca Film
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 3-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
5 star
9
4 star
9
3 star
2
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 20 customer reviews
Good acting all around.
lonebeaut
It is well known that daughters who fail to receive the love they need from living fathers often turn to other men for love & approval.
C McGhee
I always very strongly felt that it is unfair to compare artists and in many ways, provides dis-service to both.
Reader

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 8, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant Video
BLACK BUTTERFLIES is a biographical drama based on the life of Ingrid Jonker. For those who are unfamiliar with this poet the following description my aid in the appreciation of this film: `Ingrid Jonker (19 September 1933 - 19 July 1965) was a South African poet. Although she wrote in Afrikaans, her poems have been widely translated into other languages. Ingrid Jonker has reached iconic status in South Africa and is often called the South African Sylvia Plath, owing to the intensity of her work and the tragic course of her turbulent life. Her work has also been compared to that of Anne Sexton.' Greg Latter has written the screenplay that attempts to give us all the facets of this enigmatic personality and the film is directed by Paula van der Oest. It is obviously an act of love.

We meet Ingrid and her sister Anna as children, poor, without shoes, and taken to the home of their Apartheid father Abraham Jonker (Rutger Hauer) the Minister of Censorship for the parliament of South Africa. As Ingrid (Carice van Houten) matures she becomes a beautiful, but impetuous young poet, feeling abandoned, blaming others, promiscuous, escaping in excessive drinking too much in order to feel safe and able to cope, and becoming overwhelmed by conflicting emotions, which characterize some common personality disorders. At her father's demand she married Pieter, has a daughter by him, and leaves him because she feels trapped. While swimming in the ocean she nearly drowns but is saved by writer Jack Cope (Liam Cunningham) - this act results in a love relationship and despite Jack's decaying marriage they plan to live together. They both support the young South African poet Nkos (Thamsanqua Mbongo) and aid his escape form South Africa to Europe in hopes of finding freedom to write.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Format: DVD
The beautifully produced biography "Black Butterflies" tells the story of South African poet Ingrid Jonker. Admittedly I was not familiar with Jonker's work or life, but it's pretty easy to determine just where the tale is headed within the first few minutes of the movie. Jonker came to international attention when one of her works about apartheid was quoted by Nelson Mandela nearly thirty years after her death. Jonker, it would seem, was another great artist living at the precipice of madness and emotional instability. A number of causes are hinted at, but nothing is really developed in "Black Butterflies" beyond the surface representation of a woman struggling with unknowable demons. I really wanted to know Jonker and to be devastated by her life story. But without digging deeper into her psyche, the movie never let me get close enough to its subject to appreciate her turmoil. Luckily, the role is portrayed by vibrant Carice van Houten. Van Houten brings an urgency and passion that are always compelling to watch, and this is almost enough to distinguish "Black Butterflies" from the many other biopics that run a very similar course.

While the movie introduces Jonker as a child, it rapidly accelerates to the sixties after this brief bit of background. The Jonker we meet is a fully formed woman whose complications and independence are well established, if relatively unexplained. She has a troubled relationship with her father, a penchant for tumbling into bed with whoever is convenient, and a natural displeasure with the political situation that divides the country. She is already a known poet and already in a doomed marriage, and the screenplay sets us seemingly mid-point through her journey.
Read more ›
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 9, 2012
Format: DVD
BLACK BUTTERFLIES is a biographical drama based on the life of Ingrid Jonker. For those who are unfamiliar with this poet the following description my aid in the appreciation of this film: `Ingrid Jonker (19 September 1933 - 19 July 1965) was a South African poet. Although she wrote in Afrikaans, her poems have been widely translated into other languages. Ingrid Jonker has reached iconic status in South Africa and is often called the South African Sylvia Plath, owing to the intensity of her work and the tragic course of her turbulent life. Her work has also been compared to that of Anne Sexton.' Greg Latter has written the screenplay that attempts to give us all the facets of this enigmatic personality and the film is directed by Paula van der Oest. It is obviously an act of love.

We meet Ingrid and her sister Anna as children, poor, without shoes, and taken to the home of their Apartheid father Abraham Jonker (Rutger Hauer) the Minister of Censorship for the parliament of South Africa. As Ingrid (Carice van Houten) matures she becomes a beautiful, but impetuous young poet, feeling abandoned, blaming others, promiscuous, escaping in excessive drinking too much in order to feel safe and able to cope, and becoming overwhelmed by conflicting emotions, which characterize some common personality disorders. At her father's demand she married Pieter, has a daughter by him, and leaves him because she feels trapped. While swimming in the ocean she nearly drowns but is saved by writer Jack Cope (Liam Cunningham) - this act results in a love relationship and despite Jack's decaying marriage they plan to live together. They both support the young South African poet Nkos (Thamsanqua Mbongo) and aid his escape form South Africa to Europe in hopes of finding freedom to write.
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Customer Images

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Search