The movie turns around an assassin ready to retire with a beautiful woman in the lush Italian hills. The scenery has you in Italy, where it was filmed – driving the death-defying mountain curves, stumbling along the rocky streets, climbing the steps of a walled village, dodging the motorbikes and Italian drivers.
Although the story is formulaic with the requisite guns and shooting, the key character has a quiet quality. An artist, Mr. Butterfly paints rare butterflies in the book; in the movie he can build a weapon from scratch and has a butterfly tattoo. And that soulful yearning – deflected by the local priest who drinks brandy in both the movie and the book.