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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

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Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, ...
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

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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