Vivid images of the Rainforest, close ups of animals and emotional stories of love, healing and faith fill the screen during this 97 minute film featuring William Hurt. (The Incredible Hulk, The Host)
The Blue Butterfly, a film from Spiritual Cinema Circle, is written by Pete McCormack and directed by Léa Pool.
There are lots of kids who love running around and catching insects
in jars, but it’s different for young Pete Carlton. Pete has cancer, and
according to the doctors, it’s not going to get better. Instead of
giving up hope, though, Pete has a dream of catching the rare Amazonian
blue morpho butterfly. With the help of his mother, and a famous
entomologist, Pete sets out on a transformative journey that touches
everyone around him. This is the premise of the Canadian film The Blue
Butterfly, and the best part is, it’s based on a true story.
The real life Pete Carlton is one David Marenger, also once a young
Canadian boy given 24 months to live before likely succumbing to brain
cancer. David was only six years old. Instead of writing to a famous
entomologist to get to the Amazon like Pete, however, it was the
Children’s Wish Foundation that heard of his love of butterflies, and
his deep-rooted desire to seek the vibrant blue morpho. The foundation
granted him that trip to Mexico, along with a Montreal entomologist,
George Brossard. The young boy was so sickly that, much like Pete, he
had to be carried by his entomologist friend through his trip.
The efforts were not in vain, however. Something changed in that
jungle, something truly miraculous. After a long journey, David managed
to find the blue butterfly. He went home, and the doctors found that the
cancer in his head was shrinking instead of growing. David went into
remission, and astonished those doctors by continuing to get better.
Decades later, David stood in the jungle again during the filming of
The Blue Butterfly, a rare morpho in his hand. This time, though, he was
standing, unaided, healthy, happy, 30 years old.
Do miracles exist?
Hope, belief and perseverance are what David counts as the cures to
his ‘terminal’ disease. Like the real-life protagonist, The Blue
Butterfly hero, Pete, chases the butterfly through the jungle, seeking
hope and meaning behind what anyone would consider a tragic occurrence.
Why is he the one who has cancer? Why does this have to hurt his mom?
Why can’t he be like other kids? The Blue Butterfly’s beautiful
juxtaposition of mysticism and scientific study doesn’t answer all the
questions explicitly, but instead demonstrates the power of love and
We’re all looking for answers, aren’t we? However, as demonstrated by
Pete, sometimes we don’t need all the answers. Sometimes, all we need
is a miracle in the form of hope.
7 pm. Film is free, donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments are available and All are welcome.
The Buttonwood Tree - 605 Main Street - next to It's Only Natural market. Free parking after 6 pm.