Cinema Express: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)


Based on a true story, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is about the experiences of Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor of Elle magazine, after suffering a stroke that leaves his entire body paralyzed, with the exception of his left eye. Living in a hospital, Bauby learns to communicate with others by merely blinking, reevaluates his life, and contemplates his future.

This is an outstanding film. Though its subject material is tragic, the filmmakers have crafted an uplifting and triumphant movie. As a portrait of a life, the film presents rich, complex emotions, delivered by a cast that is consistently convincing in their roles; the characters they embody seem real enough that audience members might find themselves somewhere amongst them. The premise of the movie might make the film sound dull and unexciting. But movies like this are the reason that I love movies. Sometimes I am lucky enough to see a film that is so captivating, so original, and so powerful that it reserves a place in my mind and refuses to leave. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is one such movie.


13 responses to “Cinema Express: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

    • I’m not sure how it compares to the book, but by itself, the movie is very good. It really made me want to read the book. Definitely start making plans to see the movie, I think you’ll like it.

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  2. I love this film. I watch it whenever it shows up on BBC Four! I have even downloaded the wallpaper and music videos. It’s so life affirming and emotionally rich and the central performance by Mathieu Amalric is perfect.

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