The elephant and the butterfly story
Elmer and Butterfly by David McKeeThe famous patchwork elephant is back in another heart-warming adventure about friendship and teamwork.
One day, as Elmer is strolling through the jungle, he hears a cry for help. A butterfly has been trapped in a hole by a fallen branch. Elmer rushes to the rescue and frees her with ease. In return she promises to help Elmer should he ever need it. Elmer cannot imagine how a tiny butterfly could ever help him, but he finds out sooner than he expects.
Heartland Film Festival: ‘The Elephant and the Butterfly’ is a beautiful fable about family
She laughs in his face, just about choking on her sarcastic chuckles. An odd fact is then revealed. Elsa, who is five, has no idea who Antoine is. It happens every day. That makes this set-up a bit of a set-up. It feels contrived and vaguely off-kilter — and, in fact, what happened between Antoine and Camille is never explained.
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Going into this film as my final screening of the event, I had high hopes that it would surpass all other narratives I had seen prior. The Elephant and the Butterfly is a heartwarming story about family, achieving its purpose of being a feel-good film almost too well. The Elephant and the Butterfly follows a young man named Antoine, a chef of sorts who returns to visit an ex-lover and their child. Together they play games, read stories, go to the beach, cook, paint, and all sorts of other activities. The two leads of Antoine played by Thomas Blanchard and Elsa played by Lina Doillon are both likeable, relatable, and even sympathetic at times. The chemistry between the two is absolutely fantastic, with the young child actress playing Elsa being particularly talented at the role.