Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The ( Scaphandre et le papillon, Le ) Movie Information

Movie Information

Overall Rank: 610

Average Rating: 3/4

# of Ratings: 126

Theatrical Release Date: 11/30/2007

Language: French

Genre: Biography, Drama

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Director: Julian Schnabel

Actors: Max von Sydow, Marie-Josée Croze, Mathieu Amalric, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Isaach De Bankolé, Emma de Caunes

Plot: The Biography an editor who is paralyzed in virtually 100% of the body.

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Rating of
4/4

mitchellyoung - wrote on 08/07/2011

A masterful combination of visual and aural images that skillfully place the viewer in the mind of a paralyzed man. The way such emotion and story is conveyed through a film whose main character basically can't move or talk is incredible.

Rating of
1/4

donkeyknight - wrote on 05/03/2011

Wow. This is like the stereotype of a dense foreign film with voiceover and "innovative" angles and plodding plot and whimsical imagery.

Rating of
4/4

GGauthier - wrote on 05/04/2009

I was kind of angry with french cinema. My last fav was Amelie and I was checking stuff like Bresson that didnt like. Or Renoir. French cinema is usually pretentious. Anyway. This movie is nothing but perfect, and its difficult to achive that, because its a biopic. Its hard to deliver a good biopic because they're not usually faithful to the real story, and only shows crappy sentimentalism or they exagerate some aspects of the personality of the biopicted. Everyone in this movie just does what is suppossed to be done. I highly recommend this masterpiece.

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Daniel Corleone
Daniel Corleone
Movie God

Rating of
4/4

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly review

Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/20/2011

The story of "Jean-Do" Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), editor of elle Magazine who suffers from locked-in syndrome due to a stroke. He narrates how he is treated at a hospital in Berck-sur-Mer, France. It shows who his visitors (friend who was kidnapped in Beirut/mother of her children) were, his relationship with his father, how he communicates thru a speech therapist (Henriette Durand) and imaginations. His frustrations were also showed such as the simplicity of not talking to anybody on Sundays; a TV set being on and the ability to react to a gorgeous therapist showing tongue exercises. He dictates what he sees and experienced in his personal life. Bauby had the tenacity to create a book where he can leave his legacy.

Engaging from beginning to end, the movie never …

Amyaronson
Amyaronson
Director

Rating of
2.5/4

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Amyaronson - wrote on 07/18/2011

I've been meaning to watch this for some time now, and I finally did, so yay! It was a critically acclaimed movie a couple of years ago and NPR talked about it every other second. It's a true story, based on Jean-Dominique Bauby's memoir. Bauby was the Chief Editor of Elle in France, and when he was in his 40's, he suffered from a major stroke that left his brain fully functioning, but everything paralyzed except for one eye. He learned to communicate through a system involving the alphabet, very patient people, and blinking. In this way, he wrote his memoir.

It was halfway through the film before I realized I was watching it dubbed. I kept thinking, "I thought this was in French! Why are they in France with French accents speaking English!?" Oh Amy. So, that cleared up the weird …

Franz Patrick
Franz Patrick
Movie God

Rating of
4/4

Borderline Great/Masterful

Franz Patrick - wrote on 10/31/2008

I’m not going to deny that I didn’t shed a tear while watching this touching film. From the first scene to the last, I was completely into it because the story is very human and the way the story unfolded is far from predictable. Julian Schnabel, the director, took many risks that actually paid off: one is placing the audience into the main character’s body right from the very beginning. By doing that, we are immediately able to feel and hear what the protagonist wants to express whether we want to or not. Mathieu Amalric who plays Jean-Dominique Bauby impressed me so much. I thought that Amalric really was paralyzed and it hurts just to look at his condition. This is the first time I’ve heard of Locked-In Syndrome, where the person is aware of everything that’s going on around him but …

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