My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le Papillon)


(out of 5)

Immensely moving film based on the book of the same name by Jean-Dominique Bauby, a high profile magazine editor who suffered a stroke in the prime of his life that left him with what the doctors called “locked-in syndrome”:  Dauby’s intellectual capacities weren’t affected in the slightest by his condition, but his brain was disconnected from any motor control of his body except for the blinking of one eye. With this limited means of expression, and thanks to the endless patience of a series of kind and devoted nurses, Dauby was eventually able to not only communicate with those around him but to pen an entire autobiography that covered his life experiences. This beautiful, heart-rending film by Julian Schnabel (Before Night Falls) presents another portrait of an afflicted artist that puts as much poetry into the story as it seems that Dauby put into his writing, infusing healthy doses of humour and pathos into a film that tells us not only of our capacity for survival, but of the human need for dreams. If the scene on the phone between Dauby (played so effectively by ) and his aging father () doesn’t reduce you to tears, you’re a fucking heartless bastard. Features excellent support by , the lovely , and a cameo by  in his final film.

Pathé Renn Productions, France 3 Cinéma, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, C.R.R.A.V. Nord Pas de Calais, Région Nord-Pas-de-Calais, Canal+, CinéCinéma, Banque Populaire Images 7

France/USA, 2007

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the book by

Cinematography by

Produced by ,

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 2007

Cannes Film Festival 2007

Golden Globe Awards 2007

Independent Spirit Awards 2007

Toronto International Film Festival 2007

Washington Film Critics Awards 2007.

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