In the Time of the Butterflies, the Julia Alvarez novel, has been on my shelf for over a year. I seem to recall it was a One Book, One Chicago pick awhile back. It was loosely based on the true story of four sisters in the Dominican Republic that fought against a dictator in the 1950s. Last night, when I was clicking through the free movies on hulu.com, I found the Showtime movie that Salma Hayek based on it.
I have to tell you, watching Edward James Olmos play the bad guy was really disconcerting. I had assumed that he would play the dad. Also, Marc Anthony has a small role as a cute revolutionary boy, which was rather distracting in light of his recent headlines. Also, I had to skip a scene where someone was being tortured.
Finally, it was such a short film. I very much had the feeling that it was glossing over things.
Having said that, I bought Hayek's performance. She does really well with portraying the, "I am scared out of my mind but trying to keep it together," bit.
I am happy to say that watching this film made me more interested in reading the full novel.