In this heartwarming tale of redemption inspired by true events, Pete Carlton (Marc Donato) is a 10-year-old insect enthusiast who's been diagnosed with cancer and given only a few months to live. His last wish is to go into the rainforest with Alan Osbourne (William Hurt), a world-renowned entomologist, to catch the world's most beautiful butterfly, the elusive and awe-inspiring Blue Morpho. With some help from his mother (Pascale Bussieres), Pete convinces the reluctant bug expert to come on board, and together the three head off to fulfill the boy's dream. Along the way, Pete learns many lessons -- for example, that catching the Blue Morpho isn't everything -- and receives one final, miraculous gift from the rainforest, more precious than any butterfly. Shot on location in Costa Rica, The Blue Butterfly treats us to breathtaking shots of the equatorial flora and fauna, and features a characteristically compassionate performance from Hurt.
Léa Pool has directed eight theatrical features and several documentaries, all of which have won prizes from some of the most prestigious film festivals worldwide. Lost and Delirious (2001) was presented at the Berlin International and Sundance film festivals, and her previous film, Emporte-Moi (1999; U.S. title Set Me Free), was awarded the Special Ecumenical Jury Prize at the 1999 Berlin International Film Festival. She also wrote and directed Mouvements du Désir (1994) and La Demoiselle Sauvage (1991). A Corps Perdu (1988) was chosen for official competition at the Chicago International and Venice film festivals, Anne Trister (1986) screened in the official competition at the Berlin International Film Festival, and La Femme de l'Hôtel (1984), won the best Canadian feature film award at the Toronto International Film Festival. Born September 8, 1950, in Geneva, Switzerland, Pool is a Canadian citizen and makes her home in Montréal.