Archive of films Nadia, Butterfly / Nadia, Butterfly

2020, 106 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2021

Top-flight competitive sports only recognise winners and losers. Nonetheless, does the decision to leave a world of constant grind automatically suggest capitulation? This intimate film depicts a young swimmer participating at the Olympic Games in what is the last competition of her career, yet what goes on around her becomes the backdrop for a much bigger battle.


Nadia, a 23-year-old swimmer, has some tough challenges ahead: not only is she going for gold at the Tokyo Olympics, competing alongside her three teammates, but she also has to accept the consequences of her decision to retire once the Games are over. Given that top-flight competitive sports only recognise winners and losers, does the choice to leave a world of constant grind automatically suggest capitulation? This subtle drama about suppressed emotions rather than performance itself is the second film by Pascal Plante, who entrusted the main roles to professional athletes. Plante drew on his own experiences as a competitive swimmer while submitting a vivid and authentic portrayal of his heroine’s inner world as she attempts to navigate the way ahead.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Pascal Plante (1984, Québec). Selected filmography: La génération porn (2014, doc.), Blue-Eyed Blonde (Blonde aux yeux bleus, 2015, short), Nonna (2016, short), Fake Tattoos (Les faux tatouages, 2017), Nadia, Butterfly (2020).


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Horizons
Director: Pascal Plante
Screenplay: Pascal Plante
Dir. of Photography: Stéphanie Weber Biron
Editor: Amélie Labrèche
Art Director: Joëlle Péloquin
Producer: Dominique Dussault
Production: Nemesis Films
Cast: Katerine Savard, Ariane Mainville, Hilary Caldwell, Pierre-Yves Cardinal
Sales: WaZabi Films

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