Papillon (2017 film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Michael Noer|
|Screenplay by||Aaron Guzikowski|
Papillon and Banco|
by Henri Charrière
|Music by||David Buckley|
|Distributed by||Bleecker Street|
|Box office||$4.5 million|
Papillon is a 2017 biographical drama film directed by Michael Noer. It tells the story of French convict Henri Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), nicknamed Papillon ("butterfly"), who was imprisoned in 1933 in the notorious Devil's Island penal colony and escaped in 1941 with the help of another convict, counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek). The film's screenplay is based on Charrière's autobiographies Papillon and Banco, as well as the former's 1973 film adaptation, which was written by Dalton Trumbo and Lorenzo Semple Jr. and starred Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman.
Papillon premiered on September 9, 2017, in the Special Presentations section at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. The film was released in the United States on August 24, 2018, by Bleecker Street.
Henri "Papillon" Charrière, a safecracker from the Parisian underworld, is framed for murder. Though he has an alibi from his lover, Nenette, Papillon is convicted and condemned to the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island in French Guiana — a hellish prison from which nobody has escaped.
On the boat to South America, Papillon is awakened as two convicts murder the prisoner sleeping next to him in order to cut open his stomach and steal the money he had swallowed. He forms an unlikely alliance with a quirky counterfeiter named Louis Dega, who is targeted by the other prisoners who suspect him of also hiding money. Papillon saves Louis' life one night and is punished for fighting by the guards. In exchange for Papillon's protection, Louis agrees to finance Papillon's escape, ultimately resulting in a bond of lasting friendship.
- Charlie Hunnam as Henri "Papillon" Charrière
- Rami Malek as Louis Dega
- Roland Møller as Celier
- Tommy Flanagan as Masked Breton
- Eve Hewson as Nenette
- Michael Socha as Julot
- Ian Beattie as Toussaint
- Yorick van Wageningen as Warden Barrot
- Nikola Kent as Deputy Warden Brioulet
- Petar Cirica as Abda
The film debuted to $1.2 million from 544 theaters in its opening weekend, finishing 16th.
On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 54% based on 77 reviews, and an average rating of 6.1/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Papillon puts its own well-acted, solidly produced spin on a previously adapted tale, although it may not be quite enough to erase viewers' memories of the 1973 version." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 52 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
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