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.
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.
Schnabel's directing is probably one of the most innovative in the history of cinema: Orson Welles himself said that a film is not perfect, unless the camcorder is all in one with the eye of the director...