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.