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.