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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

PG-13| 1 hr. 54 min.

Plot Summary
Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), editor-in-chief of French fashion bible Elle magazine, has a devastating stroke at age 43. The damage to his brain stem results in locked-in syndrome, with which he is almost completely paralyzed and only able to communicate by blinking an eye. Bauby painstakingly dictates his memoir via the only means of expression left to him.

Cast: Mathieu Amalric , Emmanuelle Seigner , Marie-Josée Croze , Anne Consigny , Patrick Chesnais , Niels Arestrup , Olatz Lopez Garmendia , Jean-Pierre Cassel

Director: Julian Schnabel

Genres: Biography, Drama

Distributor: Miramax Films

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

Release Date: December 19th, 2007|1 hr. 54 min.

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  • The movie will wipe you out. Schnabel's previous two films (Basquiat, Before Night Falls) also focused on artists. But this is his best film yet, a high-wire act of visual daring and unquenchable spirit. show more

  • By the end, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly achieves a victory over difficult material, but celebrating that fact doesn't preclude recognizing the story is not a natural for movies and remains an uneasy match. show more

  • The movie has done what those who've cherished the book might have thought impossible -- intensified its singular beauty by roving as free and fearlessly as Bauby's mind did. show more

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