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Papillon

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BEST-SELLING BOOK ON PRISON LITERATURE NOW A MOVIE - “PAPILLON”

 



Based on the international best-selling autobiographical books “Papillon” and “Banco,"  Papillon follows the epic story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon’s escape.

 

Filled with shocking details about life in one of the world’s most hellish environments, Charrière’s autobiographical novel became a global bestseller when it was first published in 1969 and remains a modern classic in the genre of prison literature.

 

In the glamorous world of Paris in 1931, safecracker Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam) steals a small fortune in diamonds for local gangster Castili (Christopher Fairbank). Though he avoids detection, Papillon — whose nickname refers to the butterfly tattoo on his chest — makes one critical mistake: he withholds a jeweled necklace from the unforgiving crime boss and gives it to his girlfriend Nenette (Eve Hewson) instead. In retaliation, Castili frames Papillon for murder, earning him a life sentence at the infamous penal colony in French Guiana.

 

On a ship bound for the remote South American prison, Papillon meets meek currency forger Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who was sentenced to life for producing counterfeit bonds. There, amid thousands of violent convicts awaiting their fate, the two men reach an agreement: Papillon will protect Dega and the stash of money he has hidden. In exchange, Dega will finance Papillon’s eventual escape plan. Upon arrival, the shackled prisoners are met by Warden Barrot (Yorick van Wageningen), who explains the prison’s draconian rules: solitary confinement for anyone who attempts to escape; the guillotine for murderers. As they struggle to survive the nightmarish conditions, which include tropical illness, savage beatings, forced labor and public beheadings, Papillon and Dega enlist the help of inmates Celier (Roland Møller) and Maturette (Joel Basman) to stage a daring escape during a torrential rainstorm. Despite their best efforts, the plan results in Papillon being sent to solitary confinement for five grueling years. Emerging as a mere shadow of his former self, Papillon is transferred to Devil’s Island, where he finds Dega waiting for him. Surrounded by prisoners who’ve been driven mad by their time in solitary, the two friends contemplate the hopelessness of their situation. But Papillon’s relentless desire for freedom will not be denied.

 

Based on the epic true story and international, best-selling books, “Papillon” and “Banco," “Papillon” is a thrilling adventure and a powerful portrait of the resilience of the human spirit, even in the face of utter inhumanity.

 

“Papillon” opens September 26 in cinemas from Pioneer Films. 

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  • C.I.C.C.IC.I.C.C.I Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    Oh no

    another remake .  😡😢
  • forgforg Administrator PEx Moderator

    CHARLIE HUNNAM AND RAMI MALEK STAR AS MASTER FELONS IN “PAPILLON”

     

    Charlie Hunnam  (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Sons of Anarchy) and Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody) forge the most cunning alliance to escape the most guarded and brutal prison in their latest thrilling movie “Papillon”.

     

    Based on the international best-selling autobiographical books “Papillon” and “Banco," Papillon follows the epic story of Henri “Papillon” Charrière (Charlie Hunnam), a safecracker from the Parisian underworld who is framed for murder and condemned to life in the notorious penal colony on Devil’s Island. Determined to regain his freedom, Papillon forms an unlikely alliance with quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega (Rami Malek), who in exchange for protection, agrees to finance Papillon’s escape.

     

    To accurately depict the harrowing ordeal that Charrière experienced during his years in solitary confinement, Hunnam pushed his own body to the limit. The result is a stark portrait of unimaginable pain that will likely move many viewers to tears. “It became a very immersive experience,” the actor recalls. “There was no down time. I’m talking about 16-hour days, seven days a week, for the entire movie. But that’s the way I like to do it. Total immersion.”

     

    Hunnam is well acquainted with the process of transforming his physical appearance for a role. “I did two films in a row where I had to lose a lot of weight,” he says. “For Papillon, we shot sequentially as much as possible to facilitate the weight loss. Something strange happens when you drop 40 pounds over the course of 10 weeks. Your mind and body begin to focus.”

     

    Working through intense hunger is difficult, but luckily he had a partner to share the burden with on the set of Papillon. “Rami and I aggressively starved ourselves, which is the type of thing that will make two men become brothers very quickly,” he says. “To be hungry all the time, and to deny the primal instinct to feed yourself, is no easy trick.”

     

    Although Charrière’s tale is widely regarded as one of the most exciting prison stories of all time, director Noer believes the new adaptation of Papillon transcends its genre. “This film is about much more than trying to escape Devil’s Island,” he says. “It’s about trying to escape yourself and your past. For me, that’s the true appeal of Papillon.”

     

    Malek agrees. “Essentially, it’s a story about understanding one’s true self. These two unlikely friends become so reliant on each other that a genuine love evolves between them. And that love allows them to understand not only the other person, but themselves as well.”

     

    The film’s emotional journey of self-discovery is one that Hewson expects moviegoers around the world will strongly connect with. “In a way, it’s a coming-of-age story,” she says. “Papillon starts as this young, ambitious, egotistical man, and he ends up a completely different person. Audiences will always relate to a story where a character goes on an adventure that changes them forever.”

     

    For Hunnam, Papillon contains all the elements necessary for a gritty prison thriller set in one of the world’s deadliest places, but it also includes something else: humanity. “There’s plenty of visceral action and compelling drama, but it’s mainly a story of friendship,” he explains. “It’s about people being kind to each other in a very difficult and violent place, and it’s a testament to man’s will to endure.”

     

    Thrilling escape awaits when “Papillon” opens September 26 in cinemas from Pioneer Films.

  • pabziclespabzicles Member PEx Rookie ⭐
    edited September 2018
    Papillon (2018) Review - 3/5

    The modern adaptation of the best selling French memoir of Henri Charrière "Papillon" is just a  rehash of the 1973 film but propelled by solid acting of its lead stars. 

    Papillon tells the story of French convict  Henri "Papillon"  who was imprisoned in 1933 and escaped in 1941 with the help of another convict Louis Dega (Malek).

    It is hard not to compare Papillon 2018 to 1973 adaptation. For instance, if you both play the film side by side, you can tell that Noer and its writer Guzikowski add nothing new to it (unless if you count the Charriere's life before the prison scenes). As if the film was made frame by frame and voila you have a remake. The 1973 film is dull , tedious and uncompelling, correcting it in the remake is a chance of Noer but then he decided to go to the safe mode.

    Malek as Dega is his usual self. But Hunnam on other hand excels in all ways. The dedication and performance he delivers is indirectly proportional to the quality of the picture.

    For all its production values, this is just a remake for modern audience who have not seen the 1973 version.

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