After a stroke, wealthy magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby is left almost entirely paralyzed. Unable to move or speak, he retreats into his mind, but after learning to communicate by blinking his left eye, he begins to tell his story. Based on true events.
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Janusz Kaminski's cinematography is beautiful and engaging, unfortunately more so than Bauby's story. Despite a few flashbacks and flights of fancy, I never felt like I understood Bauby or his transformation. His story is certainly compelling, but him and the other characters are too thinly drawn to make an emotional impact.
The performances were all so great. I think that this is the film's strength. All the actresses were perfectly cast and worked their character in a way that was believable. It's rather nice to see a film about a man that doesn't 1) have male-only supporting characters and 2) objectify the women beyond all reason. The experimental photography was nicely executed an it all works great.
*The Curious Incident of a Dog at Night Time* was a novel about that got into the head of an autistic person. The novel did a fine job of that, but the story outside of that wasn't that great. I feel a similar way towards this film. The filmmakers find creative and effective ways to give the audience a sense of being inside the main character's body. That's the story--and if that's enough I recommend it.
An absolute masterpiece. This film generates heartfelt, emotional concern for one man's seemingly hopless search for redemption. The scene with Bauby and his father completely floored me. More people should see this film.