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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Mathiew Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais, Max von Sydow
Julian Schnabel Screenplay Ronald Harwood, from the memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby Music Paul Cantelon Cinematography Janusz Kaminski Editing Juliette Welfling Sound formats Dolby Digital, DTS Soundtrack Available
Made in 2007
Produced by Pathé 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)
Language Isolated and discrete
Nudity Isolated, brief and non-sexual
Drug abuse None
Comments Complex and mature theme.
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ScreenIt Report (USA)
Sex / Nudity Violence Blood / Gore / Gross Guns / Weapons Profanity Alcohol / Drugs Smoking Disrespectful / Bad Attitude Imitative Behaviour Frightening / Tense Scenes Jump Scenes Tense Family Scenes Music (Scary/Tense) Music (Inappropriate) Topics to talk about
Scale (Max) 20 South African Media
Cape Argus/The Star Helen Herimbi 20
Cape Times Kenneth Turan 20
iAfrica.com Rebekah Kendal 20
Sunday Times Barry Ronge 15
24.com Jean Barker 15 International Media
BBC (UK) Anna Smith 15
Chicago Sunday Times Roger Ebert 20
eye Weekly (Canada) Jason Anderson 10
ReelViews (USA) James Berardinelli 18
Rolling Stone (US) Peter Travers 18
ScreenIt (USA) 13
Metacritic.com 36 critics 18
RottenTomatoes.com 139 critics 16
RottenTomatoes.com Tomatometer 19
Internet (IMDB) 6157 Netizens 16
Average .. 84% 17
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