A new psychological thriller series is now streaming on Netflix! The French show Black Butterflies (Les papillons noirs) follows a novelist named Adrien hired to ghostwrite for an older man named Albert. But as he starts to write down Albert’s story, Adrien finds himself drawn into Albert’s dark, bloodstained past.
Low on original ideas of his own, Adrien reluctantly agrees to the ghostwriting position. Albert wants someone to write about his time with the love of his life, Solange, in the 1970s, including summers in the French Riveria and a potentially terrible secret kept for decades.
Based on the trailer, it sounds like Albert is essentially giving Adrien all the tools and details he’ll need to potentially solve an old cold case that has haunted him for years. As Albert says, his story isn’t one that can be told, “you have to have lived it to understand,” and that’s where Adrien’s talent will come into play.
Is Black Butterflies based on a true story?
No, the events depicted in Black Butterflies are fictional. Olivier Abbou and Bruno Merle created the series and its storylines.
Black Butterflies episode count
The series has six episodes in total, and the episodes are long. The first episode is a full hour, and at least one episode is 1 hour and 4 minutes. So, even though there aren’t a lot of episodes, it will still take a while to watch the whole thing.
- Episode 1 – 1 hour
- Episode 2 – 55 minutes
- Episode 3 – 49 minutes
- Episode 4 – 57 minutes
- Episode 5 – 44 minutes
- Episode 6 – 1 hour 4 minutes
Black Butterflies cast
Braquo actor Nicolas Duvauchell stars as the writer Adrien in the series. He’s joined by the three-time César Award-winning French-Danish actor Niels Arestrup, who plays Albert.
Here’s the complete cast list:
- Nicolas Duvauchell as Adrien
- Niels Arestrup as Albert
- Axel Granberger as Young Albert
- Alyzée Costes as Solange
- Brigitte Catillon as Catherine
- Lola Créton as Young Catherine
- Henny Reents as Nastya
- Marie Denarnaud as Mathilde
- Alice Belaïdi as Nora
- Sami Bouajila as Carrel
Black Butterflies trailer
There is a trailer for the show, but it’s not available on YouTube. You’ll need to go to the actual show page on Netflix to watch it.