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Nadia, Butterfly (2020)



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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.


Ariane Mainville
as Marie-Pierre
John Ralston
as Greg Dale
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Critic Reviews for Nadia, Butterfly

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

[T]he film is not quite a medallist. But it's certainly a spirited contender.

September 17, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

From the very first shot, it's clear that "Nadia, Butterfly" is serious about its swimming; that the people behind and in front of the camera alike have spent a serious portion of their lives in the pool.

July 30, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

For all the battles that Nadia wages when she's in the water, this is a subdued and subtly powerful look at the unexpected perils of dry land.

July 30, 2020 | Full Review…
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This is filmmaking of lean precision; the documentary sensibility and core of authenticity more than compensating for the fact that, in terms of actual story, it sometimes seems to be treading water.

July 29, 2020 | Full Review…

A quiet but startling splash.

July 29, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a nice departure from the bombardment of motivational 'rise & grind' hammering of sports culture to see a movie that really understands its central athlete as a person over everything else.

September 3, 2021 | Full Review…

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