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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007

9.0

Directed by celebrated artist-turned-filmmaker Julian Schnabel, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is the true story of French journalist and fashion editor Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), who suffered a devastating stroke at the age of 43. Almost completely paralyzed by what is termed “Locked-in Syndrome”, Bauby was left with only the operation of his left eye intact, leaving him forced to communicate via partner-assisted scanning (selection of each letter of the alphabet via blinking). Ultimately, Bauby employed this painstaking procedure to dictate his own memoir “Le Scaphandre et le Papillon”, which became a number one bestseller in Europe. The film alternates between Bauby’s interaction with his visitors and caretakers (including the dictation of his book) and his own dream-like fantasies and memories of his life prior to paralysis. With the title, Bauby uses the diving bell to represent his self-perceived state of isolation, akin to a deep-sea diver encased in an oxygenated chamber, and the corresponding butterfly to represent the freedom he enjoys as he often journeys quite magically through his own mind’s eye. It’s a somber yet engaging film full of heart and vision, featuring wonderful performances by the entire cast across the board.

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At the beginning I watched this film just for my interest in the medical condition of the main actor. but after its first five minutes i realized that it is a highly professional, tender and heart touching movie not just another copy from movies that discuss miserable cases and let you cry in sympathy without getting the message. i love that… Jean dominique is an ordinary guy not a hero or act like angel ,he cheated on his wife he deprived his children from care ,also he cry and feel sorrow about many deeds,,, the angle of photographing is great… Read more »

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  • Genre

    Drama
  • Starring

    Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Mathieu Amalric
  • Directed by

    Julian Schnabel
  • Written by

    Jean-Dominique Bauby, Ronald Harwood
  • Runtime

    112 minutes