6.4.11

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY

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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