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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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This highly-decorated biopic is based on the true life story of the French editor of Elle magazine. Married with a wife, two kids and a mistress, and at the top of his game, his life takes a turn for the worse when he has a stroke. He awakes out of a coma to discover that he is entirely paralyzed, except for his left eyelid. After some effort, he manages to set up a communication system with his speech therapist, based entirely on blinking his left eye. He painstakingly dictates his memoirs in this fashion, as we go inside his mind to relive his life.


125 minutes, No persons under 10 (Nudity)
Biographical, Drama, On the art circuit

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Credits
Cast
Mathiew Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais, Max von Sydow
Director
Julian Schnabel
ScreenplayRonald Harwood, from the memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby
MusicPaul Cantelon
CinematographyJanusz Kaminski
EditingJuliette Welfling
Sound formatsDolby Digital, DTS
SoundtrackAvailable
Made in2007
Produced byPathé Renn Productions, France 3 Cineéma, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, C.R.R.A.V. Nord Pas de Calais, Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Canal+, Ciné Cineémas, Banque Populaire Images 7

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FPB Report (SA)
GenreDrama
LanguageIsolated and discrete
NudityIsolated, brief and non-sexual
SexNone
ViolenceNone
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsComplex and mature theme.
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Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
Cape Argus/The StarHelen Herimbi quote icon 20
Cape TimesKenneth Turan quote icon 20
iAfrica.comRebekah Kendal quote icon 20
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge15
24.comJean Barker quote icon 15
International Media
BBC (UK)Anna Smith quote icon 15
Chicago Sunday TimesRoger Ebert20
eye Weekly (Canada)Jason Anderson quote icon 10
ReelViews (USA)James Berardinelli quote icon 18
Rolling Stone (US)Peter Travers quote icon 18
ScreenIt (USA) quote icon 13
Metacritic.com36 critics18
RottenTomatoes.com139 critics16
RottenTomatoes.comTomatometer quote icon 19
Internet (IMDB)6157 Netizens quote icon 16
Average .. 84%17


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