Pete Carlton is a young Montreal boy with terminal cancer. He has a love for butterflies, and often watches entomologist Alan Osborne’s television show. His mother, Teresa, meets with Osborne, to try and get him to take her son to Costa Rica to find the rare Blue Morpho butterfly. However, he dismisses her, but later comes to their home upon receiving a phone call from Pete saying he would go to Central America himself. The two arrive at a small village when they learn the blue morphos have already migrated. Heartbroken, they prepare to leave, until they find one is stil in the jungle. They chase after it several times, but are unable to catch it. Pete is determined to find the “magical” butterfly so his cancer can be cured, which leads to them falling into an underground cavern, injuring Osborne badly. Pete escapes to get help, but it only leads to him being lost, suffering from hallucinations. Osborne is rescued, and as they are leaving to a hospital for Osborne, a friendly villager reveals she has caught the butterfly, giving it to Pete. As he is about to put it to sleep for his collection, he lets it go so it can make more of the magical butterflies. An epilogue shows that at the next visit to the doctor, that Pete’s cancer had miraculously disappeared. —Wikipedia
Léa Pool (born 8 September, 1950 in Switzerland) is a Swiss-Canadian filmmaker who has also taught film at UQAM. She is openly lesbian. Her 1986 film Anne Trister was entered into the 36th Berlin International Film Festival. Her 1999 film Emporte-moi was entered into the 49th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Special Prize of the Ecumenical Jury.
Her film À corps perdu (1988) was selected for official competition in the Venice Film Festival and her film Mouvements du désir (1994) was screened at the Sundance Film Festival.She has been nominated 3 times for the Genie Award for Best Achievement in Direction for her films La Femme de l’hôtel (1984), Mouvements du désir (1994), and Emporte-moi (1999). In 2006 she was awarded the Prix Albert-Tessier. —Wikipedia