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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly [Blu-ray]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: Feb. 1 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B004D3A1SQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,107 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.

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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 17 2008
Here is a must see film about a unique human condition. Based on the true story of the medical tribulations of Jean-Dominique Bauby, a popular French magazine editor, the film examines his life before and after a major stroke that eventually took his life. The film goes beyond the original book in its attempt to create a visualization of what it must have been like for Bauby to exist in a locked-in syndrome. This was a cerebrovascular condition resulting from his stroke where he could clearly hear and understand other people's speech but be unable to communicate with them except through eye contact. The film did justice to the man's struggle to convey the frustrations of being imprisoned in his own mind when he had so much love and passion to share with those around him. During the course of his illness and attempted rehabilitation, Bauby's creative imagination allows him in the style of a modern Count of Monte Cristo to identify with others in society who are also boxed in by physical impairments. It is through these dreams that he acquired the means by which to gain his freedom: the telling of his story by which to free himself from living in his `diving bell'. Working with his therapist, he devised a code where messages were formulated by him blinking each time she uttered the right letter in a standard pattern. The book(The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) was painstakingly pieced together and finally published a few days before his death. An added attraction in this film is the inclusion of numerous shots of lovely French countryside to serve as backdrop to the main events in the story. Overall, this film is a very tender and poignant testimony to the individual will to overcome adversity. Well worth the watch.
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By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 29 2012
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
Drama, Biography, 112 minutes, French Language
Directed by Julian Schnabel
Starring Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josee Croze

Jean-Dominique Bauby (Amalric) was the editor of Elle magazine and this details the story of how he suffered a stroke and found a way to give meaning to the remainder of his life. American director Julian Schnabel decided to shoot it in French as it would feel more authentic.

The film isn't for everyone. The subject matter can be perceived as extremely sad, but it can also be considered uplifting. The pacing is slow at times to reflect the painful process of teaching Bauby how to communicate. After his stroke, he was only able to move his left eye. He couldn't swallow, smile, or move any other part of his body. The only other things which weren't taken away were his memories and imagination.

One of the reasons that the film works so well is that it shows us the world from Bauby's viewpoint. Images are sometimes blurred or skewed. If someone isn't in his direct line of sight, we don't see them. This has the effect of making us feel as though it has happened to us and that we are suffering from locked-in syndrome. Schnabel allows us to hear Bauby's thoughts and that's another masterstroke. Some thoughts reflect his anger and frustration, but others show his lively sense of humor.

Bauby is attended by a variety of nurses and therapists. These scenes always make me feel grateful for being healthy and give me an appreciation for those who devote their lives to helping others. One therapist develops a system to communicate with Bauby. She lists the letters of the alphabet in order of those most commonly used, then asks Bauby to blink when she reaches the correct letter.
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This is one movie that’s so depressing an uplifting at the same time, when you think people can talk ill-will
about you behind your back, just wait till you can see them but can’t do or say something to defend yourself,
then you hear the true meaning of you friends, the Diving Bell an the Butterfly is an enormous film of
every emotion possible, fighting for every breath to come back to the surface of life,
after a devastating Stroke that left you unable to speak or move,
Make A Date With Yourself.......
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