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