Butterfly Kiss is a pretty bizarre road movie starring a freaked out girl. Its a quite harsh and gloomy film. Besides sick in her head she is also on many areas very irritating, mysterious and misunderstood. That of course is something people always fascinates. The end of the film is both liberating and oppressive. Not a bad movie though.
Without any doubt one of the most personal and better film of Winterbottom...All the winterbottom essence is well represented: story with disturbed minds, Sex, good photography and a wonderful soundtrack (Dolores O´Riordan, Bjork, PJ Harvey, New Order etc..). Who knows this film will know too that "Sightseers" from Wheatley is not so original as mostly people describes....It had a father: "Butterfly kisses"
Plummer's performance is nothing short of electrifying. Her portrayal as a psychopath is so credible and dynamic that I felt a wariness and fear of her character as if she had been in my living room. And yet, there is a vulnerability and tenderness woven into the relationship between Eunice and Miriam (played equally convincingly by Saskia Reeves) that evokes strong yet confused and opposing emotions. Incredible!
This film holds a special place for me - it was the first-date film I went to with my partner now, nearly 20 years and a daughter later. Friends were aghast at my choice of film, but it worked out fine! The film itself is mediocre to average, although cinematically pleasing. It certainly isn't constrained by a need to pander to popular tastes. A dark, melancholic tale, but ultimately quite detached and alienating.