Film Review: THE BLUE BUTTERFLY (China, Animation)

Festival Reviews

 A simple and beautiful fable wrapped up in gorgeous watercolor animation THE BLUE BUTTERFLY tells us a story of a elderly man traveling the world along, carrying jars of trapped butterflies on his back.

Throughout his often futile attempts to capture butterflies on his travels, he reminiscences of his greatly cherished- and then lost- beloved. Butterflies being a thing of beauty they shared between them, capturing them after her death seems to be the best way to keep her memory alive. That is, at least until he realizes the bittersweet wisdom of life- that if you love something, you must let it go.

While THE BLUE BUTTERFLY is simple enough and beautiful enough for even the youngest viewers to enjoy, it holds a profoundly deeper meaning that can be grasped by all ages. The start of something new will always begin at the ending of something else. A beautiful, transcendent…

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