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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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Etienne George

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
112 minutes
Limited Release Date:
11/30/07
performer:
Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Max von Sydow
director:
Julian Schnabel
distributor:
Miramax
author:
Ronald Harwood
genre:
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it an A-

Bell stars Mathieu Amalric (Munich) as Jean-Dominique Bauby, the French Elle editor who at 43 suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed except for his left eye, which, by blinking, he used to dictate the memoir on which this is based. Director Julian Schnabel brought a certain zeal to the project. ”My system of directing is, everybody jumps in the hole. If you can climb out, you can go home at the end of the day.” The result won him the Best Director prize at this year’s Cannes.