Rent The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

3.8 of 5 from 593 ratings
1h 47min
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On December 8, 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor in chief of fashion magazine French Elle suffered a massive stroke, leaving him prisoner inside his own body, only able to communicate with the blinking of his left eye. Inside the Diving Bell, as he referred to his body, his memory and imagination, the Butterfly, remained untouched by the tragedy. Using a special alphabet, Bauby went on to defy the odds and fulfil his dream of writing a book, showing the amazing resilience of the human spirit.
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Ronald Harwood, Jean-Dominique Bauby
Janusz Kaminski, Juliette Welfling
Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon
20th Century Fox
France, Top 100 Films, Drama

2008 BAFTA Best Adapted Screen Play

2007 Cannes Best Director

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107 minutes
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Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
English, French
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Reviews (6) of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Moving, challenging and original - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly review by Tim from London

Brilliant and highly original film about a man with 'locked in syndrome', which is a rare condition in which a person is aware and awake, but cannot move or communicate due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body. Don't expect a dull amd overly worthy Hollywood-like portrayal of disability ala Awakenings or A Beautiful Mind. This is told completely from the person's point of view. Mathieu Amalric brilliantly portrays a man who is flawed (he cheated on his wife and continues to reject her), loving, vain and sometimes suicidal and often humurous (especially making fun of his disability) - ie not just a 'disabled person' but a fully rounded human being. This is achieved through voiceovers, flashbacks and fantasy sequences. There is also a great supporting cast featuring many of the leading actors from French cinema. Although some scenes drag a little and the jerky camera movements are overused - this is a brilliant and very unique film.

6 out of 7 members found this review helpful.

Locked in Syndrome - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly review by dinkum

The true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor of Elle magazine, who has a stroke at the age of 42 leaving him paralyzed from the neck down and unable to speak.his only movement is with his left eye.

the film is cleverly done you feel you are inside his body watching the people around you but you are unable to communicate with any of them.I enjoyed the film a lot and would recommend it.,beats any Hollywood blockbusters

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

Outstanding - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly review by Jawbreaker

Perhaps my favourite film of the year and a real surprise! Just how do you go about filming the perspective of someone suffering from this syndrome? The script does a wonderful job of balancing the true stationary and fruitless aspect of the real world, against what goes on inside the head of Jean.

Surprisingly inside his head you find initially an angry man soon gives way to humour and the drive to do something and prove to everyone that he is far from, I guess, dead. Highly recommended, this is a film that will live on in your memory and will probably prompt you to pick up the book itself. At the end you appreciate the good health that you have and living for the moment.

0 out of 4 members found this review helpful.

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