Film #289: BLOODSTAINED BUTTERFLY
2.5 out of 5 stars
Even though this film is presented as a giallo, it’s really more of a Rashomon-inspired murder mystery. I mean, the film has a lot of the trappings of a giallo (there is a murder or two, some beautiful women, a knife, etc), but pulls back from that genre’s excesses and instead becomes bogged down in a police procedural vein. The murder(s) are pretty bloodless and the sex takes a backseat to courtroom drama, over-wrought flashbacks, and more red herrings than a fish market. That’s not to say BLOODSTAINED BUTTERFLY is not a well made film… Director Duccio Tessari (A PISTOL FOR RINGO, THE RETURN OF RINGO) does an admirable job keeping all of his plates spinning. It’s just that the story becomes bogged down and the ending leaves things feeling flat. Giallo completists may want to check this out, but… they will no doubt come away scratching their heads. Poliziotteschi fans will be frustrated at the lack of action. Not terrible… just not nearly what was advertised.