Float Like a Butterfly

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    Float Like a Butterfly

    Directed by

    Ireland

    2018

    101 min

    • English

    Drama

    15-year-old Frances lost her mother in a fight. The same fight which led to her father being locked up in jail for the last ten years. Frances has never forgiven the police sergeant who she feels is responsible for this. She’s got fighting in her blood, just like her idol Muhammad Ali. And like Ali, she wants to be the Greatest too. When her father gets out of jail, Frances is starry-eyed. Together they can take on the world. But her father doesn't turn out to be the hero she remembers. Required to keep the peace due to the conditions of his parole, he's forced to endure humiliation from the police sergeant, much to Frances' dismay. And to make up for lost time, he is determined to make a man of his son and an obedient wife of his daughter. Frances never wanted to clash with her beloved father, but when he gives her boxing gloves to a prospective husband to “keep her in line” she has to make a stand. Cast out by the world and her family alike, Frances must fight even for the right to fight. Some people say it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose. But for Frances losing is not an option. This is a fight she has been training for all her life. At stake is her own freedom, her mother's honour and her father's faith. She knows the only way she can end this war is to win it.

    Awards

    • FIPRESCI Award - Toronto IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Hazel Doupe
    Dara Devaney
    Aidan O'Hare
    Lalor Roddy
    Hilda Fay
    Screenplay
    Carmel Winters
    Cinematography
    Michael Lavelle
    Editing
    Julian Ulrichs
    Music
    Lewis Morison
    Production
    SAMSON FILMS
    Production
    PORT PICTURES
    Sales
    WESTEND FILMS
    Carmel Winters

    Carmel Winters

    Ireland

    Carmel Winters was born in Cork. She studied drama and English at Trinity College, Dublin. She is an award-winning playwright and filmmaker. Her directorial credits include the short film LIMBO (2008) and the feature SNAP (2010). FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY (2018) is her latest film, awarded IPRESCI Prize Discovery at the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival.