the butterfly room

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USA; 2012; 87 mins; The Dancehouse

Director: Jonathan Zarantonello; Starring: Barbara Steele; Ray Wise; Erica Leerhsen

Status: Manchester Premiere

Screening: Sunday 6th; 1.00pm – 2.30pm

“tour-de-force performance given by the incomparable Barbara Steele”Films in review

“addresses smothering motherhood and the instinct to control and preserve”Screen daily

Anne is an elderly woman living in an apartment building. She collects butterflies and has an unhealthy interest in her neighbour’s daughter. But the little girl is not quite as innocent as she seems, and has an agenda of her own…

GRIMM’S EYE VIEW: Marking the return to the big screen of the legendary Barbara Steele, together with an all (cult) star cast in a twisted little tale of maternal smothering, creepy predatory children, and lurid revenge, this dark, giallo-styled gothic melodrama, with its damaged, yet oddly sympathetic aging female protagonist, recalls the films Bette Davis made in the 60s, such as Seth Holt’s THE NANNY or Robert Aldrich’s WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE and HUSH… HUSH… SWEET CHARLOTTE, simultaneously playing on its lead actress’s iconic status, while giving her her strongest role in years. It’s not to be missed.


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