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This animated short by Pjotr Sapegin is inspired by Puccini's opera Madame 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 an 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 hopes. Butterfly can only find comfort in death... but how is a puppet to die?

This film contains scenes of nudity and/or sexuality. Viewer discretion is advised.

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  • director
    Pjotr Sapegin
  • producer
    David Reiss-Andersen
    Marcel Jean
  • script
    Berit Reiss-Andersen
  • director of photography
    Janne Hansen
  • animation
    Pjotr Sapegin
    Ronald Kubicek Hansen
  • layout
    Ronald Kubicek Hansen
  • editor
    Pal Gengenbach
  • Arri Laser recording
    Andreas Rostock
    Pelle Folmer
  • music
    Giacomo Puccini
  • music recording
    François Arbour
  • sound editing
    Jean-Baptiste Roger
  • sound mixer
    Serge Boivin

  • HanyHosny

    amazing wow

    HanyHosny, 13 Nov 2015
  • tawnytoo

    Beautiful and emotional. I have played it several times and love it!

    tawnytoo, 29 Jun 2015
  • lonecat


    lonecat, 19 Nov 2014