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Catalogue Number:  NFB522150
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  David Reiss-Andersen, Marcel Jean
Directors:  Pjotr Sapegin
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal), Pravda (Oslo)
Subject:  Animation, Music, Psychology
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2001
Running Time:  10:45

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An animated short inspired by Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly: The puppet Butterfly lives alone on an island, until a white ship brings the handsome sailor Pinkerton. They become passionate lovers. Eventually his ship leaves, and Butterfly waits longingly for her lover to return. She feels ocean of life growing in her belly. The ocean swells, and a small, unprotected mussel washes up on the shores of her body. He soon grows into a beautiful child. But when Pinkerton finally returns, he tears away Butterfly's child, dashing all her fragile hopes. Butterfly can find comfort only in death... yet how is a puppet to die? Film without words.

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