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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly


Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny View All


Julian Schnabel (Director), Ronald Harwood (Screenplay) View All

Released: May 22nd, 2007
Runtime: 1 hour, 52 minutes
Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he'd only visited in his mind.
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mark f
The techniques developed by Schnabel, scripter Ronald Harwood and cinematographer Janusz Kaminski to tell this story almost seem to be as significant as those of Jean Do since the film was shot on the actual locations he lived in France after his stroke and the entire film is also all done in French.
Holden Pike
Pretty incredible stuff, and the screenplay adapted by Ron Harwood (The Pianist) and direction of painter turned filmmaker Julian Schnabel (Before Night Falls, Basquiat) are able to use many of Bauby's own elegant thoughts and words directly from the manuscript, but also flesh out the larger story of his life in his relationships with his father, his ex-wife, two young children and his girlfriend.