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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

Le scaphandre et le papillon (original title)
PG-13 | | Biography, Drama | 1 February 2008 (USA)
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The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.

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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 66 wins & 94 nominations. See more awards »

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Le Docteur Lepage
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Marie Lopez
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Papinou
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Théo Sampaio ...
Théophile
Fiorella Campanella ...
Céleste
Talina Boyaci ...
Hortense
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Laurent
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Forty-three year old Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby - Jean-Do to his friends - awakens not knowing where he is. He is in a Berck-sur-Mer hospital, where he has been for the past several weeks in a coma after suffering a massive stroke. Although his cognitive facilities are in tact, he quickly learns that he has what is called locked-in syndrome which has resulted in him being almost completely paralyzed, including not being able to speak. One of his few functioning muscles is his left eye. His physical situation and hospitalization uncomfortably bring together the many people in his life, including: Céline Desmoulins, his ex-lover and mother of his children; Inès, his current lover; and his aged father who he calls Papinou. Among his compassionate recuperative team are his physical therapist Marie, and his speech therapist Henriette. Henriette eventually teaches him to communicate using a system where he spells out words: she reads out the letters of the alphabet in ... Written by Huggo

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Biography | Drama

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Rated PG-13 for nudity, sexual content and some language | See all certifications »

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$75,721 (USA) (30 November 2007)

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$5,990,075 (USA) (4 April 2008)
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Director Whit Stillman stated in a Q &A he had read the script before production had began and has wished ever since that he had directed the film himself. See more »

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When Jean-Dominique goes on a boat ride, a 'Speedferries' vessel can be seen in the background. Speedferries started business in 2004, years after the movie was set. See more »

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Céline: Bauby, 43, a renowned journalist, family man and free spirit, was planning a book about female revenge.
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Referenced in Blind (2014) See more »

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Je chante sous la pluie
(French adaptation of Singin' in the Rain (1952))
(Arthur Freed / Nacio Herb Brown / Adaptation by A. Ker, R. Nazelles & M. Lauzin)
© EMI Catalogue Partnership / EMI Robbins Catalogue Inc.
With the kind authorization of EMI Catalogue Partnership France
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A moving story told in an intriguing fashion
23 August 2007 | by (Brussels) – See all my reviews

Saw this last night in Brussels (it's been on release for a while now). I was worried that it would be arty and depressing, but I was pleasantly surprised by how absorbing and moving it was. The opening scenes are striking, and communicate well the main character's feelings of claustrophobia and helplessness in the immediate aftermath of his accident, but as he attempts to rebuild his life and learn how to communicate, the film (and the visual style) opens up, even making room for some welcome flashes of humour. Performances are excellent, but the real stars here are the writer(s) and director, for taking us so convincingly into the character's world.


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