Etienne George
Kerrie Mitchell
May 02, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

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

Julian Schnabel’s masterful adaptation of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, French Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby’s memoir, is a moving, humane drama about a vibrant man (Mathieu Amalric) left almost completely paralyzed by a stroke, and the rich life that lingered after his body failed. EXTRAS Schnabel’s fantastic commentary mixes technical details — he attached his own glasses to the camera to simulate Bauby’s point of view — with fun asides (Niels Arestrup, who plays a hospital visitor, is a mix of ”Chris Walken and Marlon Brando after they’ve been stuck inside a glacier for about 13 hours”). A

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