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The Butterfly Tattoo (2008)

Duncan Stuart , Jessica Blake , Phil Hawkins  |  NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Duncan Stuart, Jessica Blake, Dan Morgan, Aidan Magrath, Christopher Dane
  • Directors: Phil Hawkins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Epoch
  • DVD Release Date: June 2, 2009
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VG2MDA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #459,021 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Butterfly Tattoo" on IMDb

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Chris and Jenny are teenage lovers from the gritty side of modern Oxford, England in this adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Philip Pullman (author of The Golden Compass). Chris, a naive lad, suspended between school and college, and Jenny, a free spirit fleeing a traumatized childhood. They are caught in the crossfire, as Carson, a gangster gunman with a grudge, comes looking for Chris's boss, to avenge events from long ago. Heady romance gives way to growing suspense as Carson closes in until, in a final eruption of violence, the star-crossed lovers are sundered forever.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good. Very good! June 10, 2009
**Contains Spoilers** Review taken from 'BookWitch' blog
The witch rarely gets to go to premieres of any kind, so the UK premiere of The Butterfly Tattoo made a welcome change. It was on last night at Cornerhouse in Manchester, as part of a short film festival, and whereas it wasn't full, it was very busy. They moved the screening to cinema one, which I assume was to accommodate more people.

The film? It was good. Very good. I'd heard it was very good, and then I read a review somewhere which claimed it wasn't, particularly. So we went with open minds, and Daughter was warned that it wouldn't end happily. The script follows Philip Pullman's book pretty closely, so you do get the bad end at the beginning, so to speak.

It's Romeo and Juliet, really. Some very intense love when boy meets girl, and then lots of confusion as they lose touch. Lots of searching, to a backdrop of someone else's criminal behaviour, which eventually comes to have a bearing on the lives of Chris and Jenny as well.

You can tell that the film was filmed on a budget, but I wish more films were, if this is the result. There is nothing that would have been better for more money. I was particularly struck by one of the love scenes, which was blissfully quiet. In a more commercial film the couple would have found they were accompanied in the bedroom by a large orchestra. Here, there was nothing. No sound at all. Just as it should be.

The screening was followed by a Q&A with the director Phil Hawkins and some of the cast and crew, with more crew members in the audience. I was going to say that they tried to save on money by having many of them be both cast and crew, but that's silly, as nobody got paid. I suppose it just shows how versatile they are.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Romeo & Juliet, but with a POV twist... June 1, 2009
An updated twist on the old R&J tale. Two young lovers in Oxford tell our story through plenty of long takes, close-ups, young angst, missed coincidences, and unfortunate circumstance.

What sets this one apart (a bit) is the twist of watching a sub-plot told three different ways, culminating in the last tragic act suffered upon the two leads. No spoilers here as the first scene shows the ending, so we know what is going to happen. The young actors and supporting cast are believable, the 102 minutes are long, the film gets the yellow lens treatment, the sound is 2.0 - but above all the makers managed to convey a believable tragedy.

The extras have some nicely included bloopers, a few thankfully deleted scenes, and an extended version of the dance club scene; sort of goes with all of the music in this film. If you are looking for an action packed romance tale - not it. If you are looking for the short love story version - not it. Just a simple love story gone wrong.

The parts that suck: The cover art gives away both endings, has to headline with the "Golden Compass author" tag (meaningless to this story), has to say "tradition of Twilight" (whatever), and gives away the two plot twists in the description. Skip the reading, maybe watch a decent little tragedy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The only reality - a nailgun. December 17, 2010
What is appealing about this movie?
(1.) A contemporary adaptation of Romeo & Juliet doesn't take much imagination. Is simply having love and tragedy in the same hour the measure of success?
(2.) But to do so in a very slow and mundane teen love story that was so trite, humdrum and unreal that one thinks, "Where was this writer and this director raised - in a cave?" Family, youth and youth conflict scenes were as real as a '70s sitcom with acting skills just as real.
(3.) The two star highlights were the frequent slow panning close-ups of an industrial nailgun. Duh!
(4.) Absurd robbery, coverup and revenge sequences that seemed as artificial as a plastic grocery bag.
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5.0 out of 5 stars rik visser is producer of the century...... March 25, 2014
i thoroughly enjoyed watching how these young producers mastered film making on such a low budget. not sure how this 1 slipped through the academy.......oscar worthy. i repeat, oscar worthy.
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I liked the actors, some pieces could be expanded upon, and relationships of secondary characters could have been more displayed, but that could have also slowed the story down and make it slow and boring.
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