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José Luis Cuerda

La Lengua de las Mariposas (The Butterfly's Tongue)

Director José Luis Cuerda Composer Alejandro Amenábar Cast Fernando Fernán Gómez, Manuel Lozano, Uxia Blanco
Edition 2000
94' - 1999 - Drama - Dialogue: Spanish, Latin, Galician
Veteran director Jose Luis Cuerda delivered this sensitive portrait of a child coming of age during a tense political situation just before the Spanish Civil War. On his first day of school, frail eight-year-old Moncho is so terrified by the imposing figure of his teacher Don Gregorio that he flees into the nearby woods. In spite of his authoritarian appearance, the schoolmaster proves to be a kind, free-thinking Republican who teaches Moncho the virtues of being good. The boy is soon spending much of his time with the elderly Gregorio in the Galician countryside, admiring such wonders of nature as the tongue of a butterfly. Other people in young Moncho's world include his down-to-earth mother, his Republican father, and his older brother, who plays the saxophone with a group of local musicians. However, when the Fascists roll into town, the boy's life changes forever. (Jonathan Crow)

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José Luis Cuerda


Alejandro Amenábar


Fernando Fernán Gómez, Manuel Lozano, Uxia Blanco


Rafael Azcona, Manuel Rivas

Director of Photography

Javier Salmones


Nacho Ruiz Capillas


Fernando Bovaira, José Luis Cuerda

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Spanish, Latin, Galician

Countries of production


Screenplay based on

"La Lengua de las Mariposas" (Manuel Rivas)