Black Butterflies


Documentary ∙ 2014
55 min ∙ 16/9

Visions du Réel 2013

A film by Louise Carrin

Michou is a solitary man with no ties. During the night, he acts as a taxi driver for three regulars, three extremely vibrant ladies with whom he unwittingly gets involved. This leads to strange relationships combining interdependence and power...

«Based on real characters with forceful personalities, I decided to use long, tight, frontal frames and attempted to make reality emerge from the constrained elements of time and space.The single and static setting of the inside of a car creates a closed space and a stage for the three stories that interweave around Michou. The car becomes the protagonist’s mind. As if he were trapped by three women, Michou veers violently from his desire for freedom and independence to his need to overcome his solitude.»
Louise Carrin, director

Born in 1986 in Cahors (France), Louise Carrin obtained a diploma in photography at the Fine Arts school in Lyon followed by a Masters in Cinema Studies at the University of Art and Design in Lausanne. In 2010, Tape Amanda! Tape was shot as her diploma assignment and selected at the Winterthur Festival. "Black Butterflies" was selected at Visions du Réel 2013 and released in Swiss theaters in june 2013.
As of spring 2013, she shoots "Venusia" during five months in Geneva, which won the 2016 Grand Prize of the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.

Venusia · documentary · 35' · 2016
Black Butterflies · documentary · 55' · 2013
Tape Amanda! Tape · documentary · 18' · 2010
Juliette · documentary · 13' · 2009



Screenplay and directing

Louise Carrin

Photography and sound

Louise Carrin


Christine Hoffet

Sound editing and mixing

Adrien Kessler

Color grading

Florian Berutti


Thera Production, Julien Rouyet


In Utero, Genève

With the support of

Cinéforom with the Loterie Romande
Ernst Göhner Stiftung
Ville de Genève


Visions du Réel, Nyon 2013
Etats généraux du film documentaire, Lussas 2014


Suisse Romande June 12th 2013


RTS - Swiss Radio Television


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