Film review – The diving Bell and the butterfly
Imagine waking up to discover that you’re trapped in a prison of your own body, you’re aware and awake, but no one can hear you. The diving bell and the butterfly is an extraordinary French story, directed by Julian Schnabel artist and filmmaker, who defies dozens of moviemaking conventions to tell the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby. Let me tell you something, this film was one of the best movies of the year, how was it nominated for 4 Oscars, win 41 awards including two winners of golden globe awards and nominated for another 33 awards. This film is spectacular, staring actor, Mathieu Amalric, who plays jean-Dominique Bauby, a 43 year old successful editor in chief of French Elle magazine, who held the world in his palm and then suddenly lost everything to sudden stroke. Twenty days later he finds himself with a rare condition called locked-in syndrome, mentally he is aware with the ability to hear and understand and remember, but he is completely paralysed from toe to head excluding his left eye which allows him to work miracles. With little hope for the future, Bauby begins to realise how his life’s passion, his rich memories and his imagination can help him achieve a life without boundaries. By blinking one eye, it enables him to interact with the world around him via a code used to signify specific letters of the alphabet. This fabulous movie represents an inner and imaginative journey which is funny, beautiful, heartbreaking Point-Of-View journey into tragedy and transformation.
Director - Julian Schnabel
Screenplay - Ronald Harwood
Source Material - Jean-Dominique Bauby
Producer - Jon Kilik
Studio Executive - Donna Langley
Director Of Photography - Janusz Kaminski
Producer - Kathleen Kennedy
Original Music - Paul Cantelon
Editor - Juliette Welfling
Executive Producer - Pierre Grunstein
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 41 wins & 33 nominations The Diving Bell and the...
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