If you enjoy beautifully shot, moving, award winning films that are full of imagination, and you haven’t seen The Diving Bell And The Butterfly, you should watch it.  I don’t know why it popped into my head the other day, but it did, and I think its worthy of a post so here it is.

It’s a touching interpretation of the true and tragic story about the French Elle Editor, Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered an unexpected stroke, aged 42. The stroke paralyzed his entire body leaving him reliant on the people around him, and only able to move a small part of his head and his left eye.

The film takes you on a journey from his raucous fashion-led life at Elle, through to how he deals with his paralysis.  It shows how his relationships change and how he manages to write a memoir of his life through the single blinking movement in his left eye. Being French, it has sub-titles but the film is so absorbent and emotional that you forget you are reading. Seriously, if there are any lazy sub-title loathers reading this and thinking, 'well I like ‘beautiful, moving, award winning films’ but sub-titles… maybe not'... think again, it’s an incredible film.

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