The seemingly claustrophobic story of a man imprisoned in his paralyzed body becomes a dazzling and expansive movie about love, imagination, and the will to live. After a stroke, Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric, Kings and Queen) can only move his left eye—and through that eye he learns to communicate, one letter at a time. With the help of his speech therapist (Marie-Josee Croze, Munich) and a stenographer (Anne Consigny, Anna M.), Bauby writes the stunning memoir The Diving Bell and the Butterfly_. But such a plot summary makes the movie sound like lofty, self-important medicine—far from it. Director Julian Schnabel (_Basquiat, Before Night Falls_), working from an elegant screenplay by Ronald Harwood (_The Pianist) and with an outstanding cast (which also includes Frantic’s Emmanuelle Seigner as Bauby’s neglected wife), has created a movie as engrossing and hypnotic as a thriller, a movie that wrestles with mortality yet has stubborn streaks of dark humor and eroticism, that portrays a man who overcomes unimaginable obstacles but refuses to paint him as a saint. Schnabel was once dismissed as a pompous and overblown painter, but he’s crafted an intimate visual poem, a humble sonata about life at its most fragile. –Bret Fetzer
Raised in Texas, director Julian Schnabel began his career as an artist, holding his first solo exhibition in 1975 at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston. Schnabel became a key figure in the Neo-expressionism artistic movement, utilizing an audacious style that was often described as raw, evocative, and unapologetic. Schnabel’s filmmaking career began in 1996 when he wrote and directed Basquiat, a biopic about the life of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The film was well received by critics, and he followed it up with another biopic, 2000’s Before Night Falls, about Cuban writer Reinaldo Arenas. In 2007, Schnabel directed an adaptation of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, a memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered a stroke and became paralyzed in every part of his body except for a single eyelid. The film screened at the Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Golden Palm award; Schnabel also won the festival’s Best Director award. His success there was just the beginning… read more
Rich people's drama. fuck them. like Intouchables. at least it makes you smile. Put a real poor guy in the story then I'll be impressed.
Diangkat dari memoir mantan editor majalah Elle Perancis, Jean-Dominique Bauby berjudul sama, film ini menceritakan kisah Bauby yang tiba-tiba terserang stroke hingga tidak dapat menggerakkan seluruh… read review
I don’t know if it was intended, but I felt that the first-person sequences — particularly the opening — were a metaphor for the filmgoing audience: sitting in a theatre or on our couches, we watch… read review
The only effective memoirs ever to be translated to screen, and what a bar to set for those who will attempt it in the future. This film is beautiful. I could see how people find the film to be mellowdramatic… read review