Rural Ireland during the 1960s; teenage traveller Frances (a break-out performance from Hazel Doupe) has to learn to fend for herself and her brother following her father Michael’s (Dara Devaney) imprisonment. Inspired by her father’s love of Muhammad Ali she develops a passion for boxing.
When Michael is released, their peaceful life in the camp in picturesque West Cork is uprooted as he decides to take his family back on the road. Patriarchal and controlling, Michael demands that Frances adhere to tradition and leave her love of boxing behind.
Director Carmel Winters has crafted a warm celebratory film giving voice to an independent, fun and determined young woman. Float Like a Butterfly is a crowd-pleasing delight.
Winner, FIPRESCI Prize, Toronto International Film Festival, 2018
Winner, Audience Award, Best Film, Cork International Film Festival 2018
‘This is a grim but lyrical film, a stern rebuke to those who like to talk about the good old days’Paul Whitington, The Irish Independent
‘Float Like A Butterfly shows the multiple, interconnecting ways that bigotry can box people in, leaving them no choice but to fight their way out’Roe McDermott, Hotpress
‘Carmel Winters attacks important social issues with a mainstream energy that stirs the blood in her award-winning follow-up to the mysterious Snap’Donald Clarke, The Irish Times