Butterfly Kiss

Butterfly Kiss is a 1995 British film, directed by Michael Winterbottom and written by Frank Cottrell Boyce. It stars Amanda Plummer and Saskia Reeves. It was also released under the alternative title Killer on the Road. The film was entered into the 45th Berlin International Film Festival.[1]

Butterfly Kiss
Directed byMichael Winterbottom
Written byFrank Cottrell Boyce
StarringAmanda Plummer
Saskia Reeves
Release date
  • 1995 (1995)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Set on the bleak motorways of Lancashire, Butterfly Kiss tells the story of Eunice (Plummer), a bisexual serial killer, and Miriam (Reeves), a naive, innocent and lonely young girl who falls under her spell.

Miriam runs away from home and meets Eunice, and soon becomes her lover and accomplice. At a truck stop, Eunice first offers the unwilling Miriam to a trucker for sex, then rescues her in mid-rape by murdering the driver. When the hitchhiking duo are picked up by another licentious man, Miriam returns to their motel room to find Eunice and their benefactor having rough sex in the shower. Mistaking the consensual sex for the rape from which Eunice earlier rescued her, Miriam returns the favor by beating their benefactor to death with the hand-held showerhead, to Eunice's delight. Eunice finally brings Miriam to the ocean, where she makes Miriam kill her.

Main cast

Amanda PlummerEunice
Saskia ReevesMiriam
Kathy JamiesonWendy
Des McAleerEric McDermott
Lisa RileyDanielle
Freda DowieElsie
Paula TilbrookElla
Fine Time FontayneTony
Joanne CookAngela
Elizabeth McGrathWaitress
Shirley VaughanWaitress
Paul BownGary
Emily AstonKatie
Ricky TomlinsonRobert
Katy MurphyJudith
Adele LawsonWife
Jeffrey LongmoreHusband
Suzy YannisMotel receptionist
Julie WalkerShop assistant



Film critic Roger Ebert, in a positive review, noted that the characters' names are shortened to "Mi" and "Eu" throughout the film, suggesting that they may represent "parts of a schizophrenic personality."[2]

Variety called it "An often breathtakingly original meld of road movie, lesbian love story, psychodrama and black comedy".[3]

Andrew Billen praised the dialogue in what he described as "a lesbian Thelma And Louise set on the M6".[4]

See also


  1. "Berlinale: 1995 Programme". berlinale.de. Retrieved 30 December 2011.
  2. Ebert, Roger (9 August 1996). "Butterfly Kiss". Chicago Sun Times. Retrieved 2 August 2007.
  3. Elley, Derek (16 February 1995). "Butterfly Kiss". Variety. Retrieved 2 August 2007.
  4. "The Billen Interview Andrew Billen meets Saskia Reeves", The Guardian, 6 August 1995
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