The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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Released 2007

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Director:
Julian Schnabel
Released:
2007
Rating:
PG-13

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is the acclaimed 2007 drama directed by Julian Schnabel (Basquiat, Before Night Falls) taken from the real life tale of the successful Jean-Do (Mathieu Amalric, Munch, Quantum of Solace) stricken with a unique cerebro-vascular disease. His novel was dictated letter by letter, about his life and his monumental ordeal, burdened on a man at the top of his career, being the editor of fashion magazine Elle, and seemed to be living up the good life. In a stroke, the life he was knew is no more, and all that's left is his left eye, his imagination to bring him out of his imprisonment, and memories, good and bad, from which to reflect upon. The easy way out is of course giving up hope and professing his wish to die, but with the help of a committed team of hospital staff, he managed to find some meaning and soldier on in this strange, second half of a life.

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    In his memoir Mr. Bauby performed a heroic feat of alchemy, turning horror into wisdom, and Mr. Schnabel, following his example and paying tribute to his accomplishment, has turned...

  • 90

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Simultaneously uplifting and melancholy, suffused with an unexpected sense of possibility as much as the inevitable sense of loss.

  • 80

    Variety Justin Chang

    Most compelling in its attempts to re-create the experience of paralysis onscreen, gorgeously lensed pic morphs into a dreamlike collage of memories and fantasies, distancing the v...

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