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
Where's it showing?
Mathiew Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Patrick Chesnais, Max von Sydow
|Screenplay||Ronald Harwood, from the memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby|
|Sound formats||Dolby Digital, DTS|
|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|
Official Site | IMDB page | FPB Report | ScreenIt Report
|FPB Report (SA)|
|Language||Isolated and discrete|
|Nudity||Isolated, brief and non-sexual|
|Comments||Complex and mature theme.|
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|ScreenIt Report (USA)|
|Sex / Nudity||Violence||Blood / Gore / Gross||Guns /|
|Alcohol / Drugs||Smoking||Disrespectful /|
|Imitative Behaviour||Frightening /|
|Jump Scenes||Tense Family Scenes||Music (Scary/Tense)||Music (Inappropriate)||Topics to talk about|
|What the Critics say|
|Cape Argus/The StarHelen Herimbi ||20|
|Cape TimesKenneth Turan ||20|
|iAfrica.comRebekah Kendal ||20|
|Sunday TimesBarry Ronge||15|
|24.comJean Barker ||15|
|BBC (UK)Anna Smith ||15|
|Chicago Sunday TimesRoger Ebert||20|
|eye Weekly (Canada)Jason Anderson ||10|
|ReelViews (USA)James Berardinelli ||18|
|Rolling Stone (US)Peter Travers ||18|
|ScreenIt (USA) ||13|
|What the People say|
|IMDB6157 Netizens ||16|
|Average .. 84%||17|
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