• The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Release Date: December 19th, 2007

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

Production Co: Canal+

Keywords: Fall, France, Transformation, Hospital, Doctor, Engaging, Emotional, Survival, 1990s, Car

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael PhillipsChicago Tribune

    It is wonderful: a rhapsodic adaptation of a memoir, a visual marvel that wraps its subject in screen romanticism without romanticizing his affliction. It left me feeling euphoric. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    At the end we are left with the reflection that human consciousness is the great miracle of evolution, and all the rest (sight, sound, taste, hearing, smell, touch) are simply a toolbox that consciousness has supplied for itself. show more

  • 100
    Ray BennettThe Hollywood Reporter

    Director Julian Schnabel and screenwriter Ronald Harwood have performed a small miracle in adapting for the screen Jean-Dominique Bauby's autobiography The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. show more

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Awards

Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Winner Best Foreign Language Film
Winner Best Director - Motion Picture
Nominated Cinematography
Nominated Directing
Nominated Film Editing
Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Winner Adapted Screenplay
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture