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La Scaphandre et la Papillon (2007)

France, US 112m, Colour
Director: Julian Schnabel; Cast: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Max von Sydow

diving_bellThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a strikingly original and brilliantly acted film based on Jean-Dominique Bauby’s autobiography of the same name. Bauby, once the debonair editor of the French fashion magazine Elle, is left paralyzed after a stroke and only able to communicate by blinking one eye in which he laboriously dictates his story. Initially we see his  world in first-person through Bauby’s limited physical perspective as he awakens from a coma. As the story advances, and Bauby’s world widens, we learn his innermost thoughts and dreams through often startling images, beautifully fitting music, and ultimately via his own words. Though taking some liberties regarding his relationships for dramatic effect, the film is a remarkably moving and astonishingly sad personal document (Klaus Ming December 2013).

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2 comments on “La Scaphandre et la Papillon (2007)

  1. TSorensen
    12/09/2013

    I too liked this one. It is indeed an original film and I was deeply moved by it.

    • Klaus
      12/11/2013

      And it’s one of those great movies that i’m not sure i will watch again (at least any time soon).

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