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A Mexican biologist living in New York returns to his hometown, nestled in the majestic butterfly forests of Michoacán. The journey forces him to confront past traumas and reflect on his hybrid identity, sparking a personal metamorphosis.


  • Paulina Gaitán
  • William Mapother
  • Tenoch Huerta
  • Electra Avellán
  • Alexia Rasmussen
  • Noé Hernández
  • Angelina Peláez
  • Emily Keefe
  • Gabino Rodríguez
  • Jay Potter

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Oct 15, 2021

As it traverses the sacred and the factual, the film intently portrays the liminal space anyone who’s ever left home knows well. It’s the threshold between the person you were, who you’ve become, and how the two halves are at odds mutating into a unique color, a new prism-like worldview.

Metacritic review by Carlos Aguilar
Carlos Aguilar
Oct 14, 2021

Rather like the butterfly wings that are its central metaphor, Son of Monarchs is deceptively fragile-seeming, yet robust, structurally complex and vibrantly hued.

Jonathan Romney
Screen Daily
Oct 14, 2021

Son of Monarchs is a type of philosophical journey but one of beauty and mystical discovery.

Metacritic review by Sabina Dana Plasse
Sabina Dana Plasse
Film Threat