DVD: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

DVD: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

I’d heard for quite a while that this is an amazing film, and, when I had some spare voucher money, I saw it for a great price and snapped it up. The film is the true story of French Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffers some kind of stroke, and is paralyzed except for his left eye.

Before the stroke, he had a contract with a publisher to write a book, and he does: by blinking. How this was turned into a film, and how it became a film that is about family, about what it means to be a father, and about how vices continue to haunt you, even when paralysed, you’ll have to see for yourself.

The film is entirely shot in French, so you’ll be reading subtitles the whole time: there are also some scenes of nudity and sensuality, so if you’re trying to avoid those, you’ll need to give this one a miss.

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