The Diving Bell and the Butterfly ()

directed by Julian Schnabel
featuring Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais

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The astonishing true-life story of Jean-Dominic Bauby -- a man who held the world in his palm, lost everything to sudden paralysis at 43 years old, and somehow found the strength to rebound -- first touched the world in Bauby's best-selling autobiography The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (aka La Scaphandre et la Papillon), then in Jean-Jacques Beineix's half-hour 1997 documentary of Bauby at work, released under the same title, and, ten years after that, in this Cannes-selected docudrama, helmed by Julian Schnabel ...

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Mark Johan

Aug 19, 2010

touching the outer limits of the human spirit

I found the film beautiful and devastating, crushing and inspiring.

A major French journalist experiences a massive stroke while driving.

The film takes you inside the mind of the man. His thought process has not been diminished. He can see and hear. He can imagine and make imaginative connections. And he is helped to find and employ his one means of communication. It also reveals all the little ways that professional healers and care-givers fail to attend to him and his true situation.

It was filmed in French with English subtitles.

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