Cast: Katerine Savard, Ariane Mainville, Hilary Caldwell, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Cailin McMurray, John Ralston, Amélie Marcil, Eli Jean Tahchi, Marie-José Turcotte, Andrew Simms, Andrew Di Prata, Kaoru Matsui, Pascal-Hugo Caron-Cantin
While young and in her prime, Nadia decides to retire from pro swimming after the Olympic Games to escape a rigid life of sacrifice. After her very last race, Nadia drifts into nights of excess punctuated by episodes of self-doubt. But even this transitional numbness cannot conceal her true inner quest: defining her identity outside the world of elite sports.
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Cannes International Film Festival (2020)
Québec City Film Festival (2020)
Olympian Katerine Savard dives into acting in this sensitive coming-of-age drama from the Cannes 2020 selection about a 21-year-old swimmer on the cusp of retirement.
Nadia, Butterfly doesn’t feature any fireworks beyond the literal kind that mark those Games that never actually took place. But it doesn’t need to. The introspection and contemplative mood are all that is required to pull the viewer into this woman’s world. Nadia may have only come in third place at the Olympics, but Nadia, Butterfly takes the gold.
— The National Post
Fully satisfying, with a haunting interiority that gets under your skin.
— The Wrap
Nadia, Butterfly has a unique lived-in sensation that films about young people rarely do. (…)
Being underwater inevitably demands a swimmer to come up for air. As Nadia gradually gets hold of herself and lets go of her anxieties, the film builds to a cathartic exhale. Nadia might flap like a butterfly, but she stings like a bee.
— That Shelf