Sex, Lies and Butterflies

Butterflies have been flying around our planet for more than 50 million years, and today around 20,000 different species inhabit the globe. "Sex, Lies and Butterflies" follows their lives from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis to the emergence of the full-blown, winged creature. Explore their astonishing survival techniques, including 360° vision, deceptive camouflage, chemical weaponry and fantastic flight. Through sophisticated macro-filming, look beyond the butterflies' bright colors and fragile beauty to follow them on one of the greatest migrations on earth.

"Sex, Lies and Butterflies" creates appreciation and imparts knowledge about a fascinating insect species. The technically outstanding documentation is ideal for school classes, but adults can also learn a lot here.

With an average of 5 out of 6 stars, "Sex, Lies and Butterflies" was rated very positively by our film jury. The jury particularly praised the fact that the film conveys new scientific findings and, thanks to its contextual information on natural cycles and symbioses, shows broader connections.

A small negative point is that little attention is paid to the effects humans have on butterflies' basis of life.

The film is well structured and with its beautiful images and impressive macro photography it takes the viewer on a visually breathtaking journey. In terms of craftsmanship, the flowing transitions and the musical background are very appealing. The journalistic performance is also well rated. The film comes across as factual and scores with an understandable and comprehensible line of argumentation.

"Sex, Lies and Butterflies" is probably not able to animate most viewers to personal commitment, but it is nevertheless emotionally moving and awakens an appreciation for nature.

Director(s): Ann Johnson Prum
Script: Ann Johnson Prum
Production: Ann Johnson Prum, Ivo Filatsch, Sabine Holzer
Music: David Mitcham
Year: 2018
Duration: 53 min
Picture format: 16:9
Our age recommendation: 10
Language (audio): German, English
Country of origin: Austria, United States
Shooting Locations: Peru, United States, Mozambique, Morocco
Screening rights: Terra Mater ()

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Main topic(s): Planet Earth Children's film
Secondary topics: biodiversity
Mentions: painted ladies eastern tiger swallowtails Monarchs pipevine swallowtails adelotypa annulifera bats ants bamboo Peru metamorphosis
Topic Page(s): Films for Kids Planet Earth


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