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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon) (2007)

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Mathieu Amalric Mathieu Amalric
Marie-Josée Croze Marie-Josée Croze
Henriette Roi
Anne Consigny Anne Consigny
Patrick Chesnais Patrick Chesnais
Le Docteur Lepage
Niels Arestrup Niels Arestrup
Olatz Lopez Garmendia Olatz Lopez Garmendia
Marie Lopez
Jean-Pierre Cassel Jean-Pierre Cassel
Père Lucien et le Vendeur

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A stunning film!

8 years, 3 months ago at Aug 28 10:58
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"Other than my eye, two things aren't paralysed. My imagination...and my memory. They're the only two ways I can escape from my diving bell." - Jean-Dominique Bauby

Le Scaphandre et le papillon (in English, the title translates to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) is a masterful, ethereal, beautiful cinematic composition based on the unbearably poignant memoirs of French magazine e... read more

A beautiful moving transition...

8 years, 3 months ago at Aug 28 23:19
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''I decided to stop pitying myself. Other than my eye, two things aren't paralyzed, my imagination and my memory.''

The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.

Mathieu Amalric: Jean-Dominique 'Jean-Do' Bauby

Emmanuelle Seigner: Célin... read more

A great movie

5 years, 10 months ago at Jan 29 19:08
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I know, sometimes, my ratings are rather harsh but after watching more than 5000 movies, it is not very often that I’m truly amazed by something new. And, yet, sometimes, it does happen and, as a result, I keep watching movies after movies hoping to get again this great feelings I got when I was a teenager discovering the classics. Well, this movie was basically one of those extroardinary gems a... read more
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Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he'd only visited in his mind.
Release date: 1 February 2008
Tags: Drama (17), France (16), Biography (16), 2007 (14), 2000s (11), Locked In Syndrome (8), Paralysis (8), Stroke (7), Hospital (6), Based On Novel (6), French (6), Memoir (5), (4), Based On Book (4), Blink (4), Fantasy Sequence (3), Eye (3), Biopic (3), Death Wish (3), Book Adaptation (2)
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