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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Ronald Harwood (screenplay)
Jean-Dominique Bauby (book)
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Release Date:
23 May 2007 (Belgium) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Let your imagination set you free
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 77 wins & 66 nominations See more »
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One of the best films I've seen for a while See more (172 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Mathieu Amalric ... Jean-Do

Emmanuelle Seigner ... Céline

Marie-Josée Croze ... Henriette Roi

Anne Consigny ... Claude
Patrick Chesnais ... Le Docteur Lepage

Niels Arestrup ... Roussin
Olatz López Garmendia ... Marie Lopez

Jean-Pierre Cassel ... Père Lucien et le Vendeur

Marina Hands ... Joséphine

Max von Sydow ... Papinou
Gérard Watkins ... Le Docteur Cocheton
Théo Sampaio ... Théophile
Fiorella Campanella ... Céleste
Talina Boyaci ... Hortense

Isaach De Bankolé ... Laurent

Emma de Caunes ... L'Impératrice Eugénie
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ... Le Docteur Mercier et Nortier de Villefort
Nicolas Le Riche ... Nijinski
Anne Alvaro ... Betty
Françoise Lebrun ... Madame Bauby

Zinedine Soualem ... Joubert
Georges Roche ... Fourneau
Agathe de La Fontaine ... Inès
Yves-Marie Coppin ... Le pêcheur

François Delaive ... L'infirmier
Franck Victor ... Paul

Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre ... Diane (as Laure de Clermont)
Virginie Delmotte ... L'infirmière
Daniel Lapostolle ... Aide-soignant 1
Philippe Roux ... Aide-soignant 2
François Filloux ... L'infirmier de nuit
Elvis Polanski ... Jean-Do enfant
Cedric Brelet von Sydow ... Papinou jeune
Sara Séguéla ... La paraplégique Lourdes
Vasile Negru ... Le Violoniste
Marie Meyer ... Mannequin
Ilze Bajare ... Mannequin
Anna Chyzh ... Mannequin
Antoine Bréant ... Assistant Jean-Baptiste Mondino
Azzedine Alaïa ... Himself

Michael Wincott ... Fashion Photographer
Jean-Baptiste Mondino ... Himself

Lenny Kravitz ... Himself
Farida Khelfa ... Herself

Directed by
Julian Schnabel 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Ronald Harwood (screenplay)

Jean-Dominique Bauby (book "Le scaphandre et le papillon")

Produced by
François-Xavier Decraene .... line producer
Léonard Glowinski .... associate producer
Pierre Grunstein .... executive producer
Kathleen Kennedy .... producer
Jon Kilik .... producer
Jim Lemley .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Cantelon 
 
Cinematography by
Janusz Kaminski 
 
Film Editing by
Juliette Welfling 
 
Production Design by
Michel Eric 
Laurent Ott 
 
Costume Design by
Olivier Bériot 
 
Makeup Department
Olivier Afonso .... assistant special effects makeup artist (as Olivier Alonso)
Florence Batteault .... makeup artist
Sandrine Cirilli .... makeup artist
Raphael Cornillon .... wigs (as Raphaël Cornillon)
Elizabeth Delesalle .... makeup artist
Thierry Di Cecca .... hair stylist
Mélanie Gerbeaux .... wigs
Christian Gruau .... key hair stylist
Myriam Hottois .... key makeup artist
Benoît Lestang .... special makeup effects artist
Laure Moulin .... hair stylist
Geoffroy Selley .... assistant special effects makeup artist (as Geoffroy Felley)
Chloé Van Lierde .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Virginia Anderson .... post-production manager
David Artigala .... assistant unit manager
Virginie Bernard .... assistant unit manager
Olivier Billard .... assistant unit manager
Delphine Brunet .... assistant unit manager
Gwenael Camuzard .... assistant unit manager
Xavier Champagnac .... assistant unit manager
Sebastien Cosset .... assistant unit manager
Sébastien Coulet .... assistant unit manager
Mathieu Desouches .... assistant unit manager
Deborah Dours .... assistant unit manager
Stephan Guillemet .... unit production manager
Varujan Gumusel .... post-production supervisor
Maud Hubert .... assistant unit manager
Olivier Jacob .... unit manager
Emilie Larribaut-Guinguene .... assistant unit manager
Vincent Lefeuvre .... assistant production manager
Logan Lelièvre .... assistant unit manager
Julien Linières .... assistant unit manager
Anne-Claire Loridant .... assistant unit manager
Emmanuel Mathieu .... unit manager
Julien Minet .... assistant unit manager
Jean-Patrick Nourricier .... assistant unit manager
Laurent Platiau .... assistant unit manager
David Thooris .... assistant unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mathilde Cavillan .... second assistant director
Stéphane Gluck .... first assistant director
Sébastien Marziniak .... assistant director
Lucie Wagner .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Christian Gazio .... property master
Alain Pitrel .... set dresser
Jean-Noël Vincensini .... assistant art director
Julien Durguel .... props finder (uncredited)
Franck Gies .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Damien Bera .... assistant sound mixer (as Damien Lazzérini)
Damien Bera .... sound re-recording mixer
Roberto Cappannelli .... sound re-recording mixer
Boris Chapelle .... assistant sound editor
Toni Di Rocco .... sound mix technician
Philippe Dongé .... sound mix technician
Dominique Gaborieau .... sound
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Yann Lebrun .... sound detection
Frédérique Liébaut .... post-synchronization
Vincent Milner .... assistant foley artist
Jean-Paul Mugel .... sound recordist
Yves-Marie Omnes .... boom operator
Philippe Penot .... foley artist
Cyrille Richard .... dialogue editor
Francis Wargnier .... sound editor
 
Special Effects by
Olivier Afonso .... special effects makeup
Philippe Alleton .... special effects
Jean-Claude Dauphinot .... special effects
Georges Demétrau .... special effects supervisor
Clive R. Kay .... special effects contact lenses
Jérome Miel .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Lech Anita .... digital effects artist
Luc Augereau .... visual effects producer
Yann Blondel .... senior visual effects supervisor
Adrien Borzakian .... digital artist
Arnaud Damez .... digital artist
Jacques Delzescaux .... digital artist
Anita Lech .... digital artist (as Anita Lech Bedez)
Elodie Ly Tri .... retouch and restoration
Charlotte Quemy .... retouch and restoration
Fred Roz .... titles
Laurence Vidot .... visual effects coordinator
Aurélie Villard .... digital artist
 
Stunts
Pascal Guégan .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
François Amadei .... electrician
Damien Auriol .... grip
Jérôme Baudouin .... electrician (as Jérôme Baudoin)
Berto .... camera operator
Sébastien Courtain .... electrician
Adrien Debackere .... second assistant camera
Pascal Delaunay .... grip
Olivier Fortin .... focus puller
Jan Gagnaire .... grip
Germain Garziano .... trainee grip
Antonin Gendre .... key grip
Etienne George .... still photographer
Alexandre Gotkovski .... electrician
Yann Grelot .... grip
Geoffroy Hassoun .... grip
Damien Jousselin .... electrician
Mikael Monod .... gaffer
Pascal Morisset .... cinematographer: underwater sequences
Benoît Pain .... second assistant camera
Ludovic Petit .... electrician
Steeven Petitteville .... first assistant camera
Michel Revest .... cinematographer: underwater sequences
Alexandre Ricco .... grip
Roland Savoye .... cinematographer: underwater sequences
Vincent Tulasne .... video assist operator
François-Xavier Walter .... grip
Jörg Widmer .... Steadicam operator
 
Casting Department
Rachel Desmarest .... casting assistant (as Rachel Berger)
Sana El Ghoul .... casting assistant
Jérôme Sacerdot .... extras casting assistant
Laurent Soulet .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Alexia Crisp-Jones .... wardrobe
Camille Janbon .... assistant costume designer
Camille Joste .... costumer
Lucia Lefebvre .... on-set costumer
Sylvie Néant .... on-set costumer
Daniella Telle .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Christian Dutac .... color timer: LTC
Marcela Figueroa .... assistant editor
Marie-Pierre Frappier .... assistant editor
Margot Meynier .... assistant editor
Nelly Ollivault .... assistant editor
Carlos Pinto .... second assistant editor
Gilles Granier .... dailies color grader (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Christian Chevalier .... music clearance
Julian Schnabel .... music supervisor
 
Transportation Department
Arnaud Bisselbach .... driver
Hélène Millet .... driver
 
Other crew
Hiam Abbass .... acting coach
Edith Barrier .... production administrator
Virginie Bernard .... production assistant
Catherine Brelet .... personal assistant: Mr. Max Von Sydow (as Catherine Brelet-Von Sydow)
Maya Carillon .... administrative help
Bernard Caroff .... groupman
David Caroff .... groupman
Sylvie Coen .... general counsel
Maguy R. Cohen .... personal assistant: Mr. Schnabel (as Maguy Cohen)
Sean Cooney .... post-prodution executive
Amélie Dibon .... production secretary
Marion Gervais .... coach: children
Claudy Gibier .... groupman
Marie Guillon .... production administrator
Elyse Klaits .... associate: Ms. Kennedy
George Pank .... business affairs: Pathe
Lindsay Seim .... production assistant
Bianca Turetsky .... personal assistant: Mr. Schnabel
Wolfgang W. Werner .... press agent
Linda A. Borgeson .... executive in charge of post production (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Laurie Anderson .... special thanks
Kathleen Brennan .... special thanks
Naomi Campbell .... special thanks
Jean-Pierre Cassel .... dedicatee
Ferdinand Chesnais .... dedicatee
Aurelio De Laurentiis .... special thanks
Raffaella De Laurentiis .... special thanks
Linda Evangelista .... special thanks
Laird John Hamilton .... special thanks (as Laird Hamilton)
Dennis Hopper .... special thanks
François Ivernel .... special thanks
Mike Medavoy .... special thanks
Luce Mellor .... special thanks
Tatjana Patitz .... special thanks
Roman Polanski .... special thanks
Lou Reed .... special thanks
Jack Schnabel .... dedicatee
Batan Silva .... special thanks (as Sebastián Silva)
Joe Strummer .... special thanks
U2 .... special thanks
Tom Waits .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le scaphandre et le papillon" - France (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for nudity, sexual content and some language
Runtime:
112 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Almost the entire opening 40 minutes of the film are taken from Bauby's point of view.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Jean-Dominique shaves his father's mustache, removing the shaving cream. In the next shot, his mustache is covered with shaving cream again. In the following shot, the shaving cream is gone again.See more »
Quotes:
Jean-Dominique Bauby:I decided to stop pitying myself. Other than my eye, two things aren't paralyzed, my imagination and my memory.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Chains of LoveSee more »

FAQ

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What caused Bauby's stroke?
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55 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
One of the best films I've seen for a while, 9 February 2008
Author: Chris_Docker from United Kingdom

How much do we really communicate? Can you tell me what you're thinking? What you're feeling? Not an approximation, but exactly? To find a common language, a window of trust, and to communicate experience! To see inside the mind of an artist. Or for the artist, ours. If we find that common wavelength, can we dive in? Let the 'butterfly' take flight from its dark chrysalis? The interior world of another. The inscrutable depth of another person's individuality.

The first movie I saw by neo-expressionist painter Julian Schnabel was Before Night Falls. In that film, the artist was trapped in prison, quite literally. Which presented great communication difficulties for him (in giving life to his novel in the world). In this film, we have examples of people trapped or imprisoned in different ways. A man who had been taken hostage in Beirut. An ailing father who has difficulty climbing stairs to and from his apartment. Both are trying to reach out to the main protagonist. Bauby. An amazing and successful socialite who's in his very own 'prison.' Bauby has secured a publishing contract when tragedy hits. A stroke causes 'locked in' syndrome and he reviews his options as an author. The book he writes, and on which this film is based, is the one he is remembered for. I haven't read it. But his powers of expression, glimpsed in the film, make me want to buy it. The book he nearly wrote - a re-write of the Count of Monte Cristo - would probably be pulped. (But I wonder if that was poetic embellishment - Dumas was the first person to describe locked in syndrome in the person of Monsieur Noirtier de Villeforte, a Cristo character).

How many people know of Jean-Dominique Bauby, former editor of Elle fashion magazine? It doesn't matter. But what does matter is experiencing his ability to discern, his articulate vision of beauty. Not as science, but as an education of the senses (and this is a sensuous and evocative film).

Why is The Diving Bell and the Butterfly so successful? A French language film picking up four Oscar nominations is remarkable. (The American director insisted on authenticity and made it in France and in French.) I suspect the consummate vocabulary of metaphor it uses is partly responsible. It makes the challenge facing Bauby a global one and relevant to everyone's life. None of us communicates perfectly, after all. Words left unsaid, to friends, to lovers, because we didn't find the 'right' words.

The speech therapist who breaks through Bauby's barrier is excellent. Her motivation is, here is a man she respects and admires. It is also the biggest challenge of her career. Bauby's sense of humour, voiced as interior dialogue, is scathing. His lecherous thoughts about the therapist are tempered with good taste and his incorrect jokes about his own condition.

Bauby starts to write his novel and his sense of poetry bursts through. We feel a glimmer of a mental rush associated with artists, explorers and adventurers. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is the adventure of life and death. Not in Hollywood terms with big explosions. But with sensitivities, with meanings. It has a 'reach out and touch' quality. A Laughing Buddha whose joke we've missed (but might catch on another occasion). It is the most awesomely beautiful film I have seen for a long while.

Schnabel's thing might be helping us taste something we might otherwise let go unnoticed. In Basquiat, he introduced many people to the artist Basquiat, but also to the revered and misunderstood Warhol. (And if you want to understand someone as weird as Warhol, understanding the contemporaneous – and only slightly weird - Basquiat is maybe a good place to start.) Here, his insight is transcendent. The film is a work of art. About a work of art. The use of visual metaphor and an excellent script lets us use Bauby's condition symbolically. Ingenious editing keeps us on the edge of our seat, especially towards the resolution, as we race to work out how a drive in the countryside will end.

The only scene I could find a flaw in was where he shaves his father. The sound of the rasping blade as he shaved his dad troubled me – if it was added afterwards I think it was overdone and distracting. But the scene was an emotional building block. And much of our story is told like this, through flashbacks. With his beautiful ex-wife. With his children. With his lover. And with his father. People with whom, like most of us, he still has one or two little unresolved issues. They made me wonder if we make too little effort to communicate when it seems easy to do so.

The film successfully mixes a down-to-earth style, great special effects to see through Bauby's one remaining eye, and jaw-dropping montage. As we observe mundane details of our hero's life falling apart or reaching fulfilment, the camera cuts to ice fields collapsing into the sea or winding back in reverse motion. Or there will be a sudden switch to sensuality as he guzzles wine and oysters in a swank restaurant, feeding and being fed by his lover. Janusz Kaminski, the cinematographer for countless Steven Spielberg's, excels, as does Oscar-winning screenwriter Ronald Harwood.

It should perhaps be noted that the film has not been immune to attempted high-jacks by groups with their own agendas. The Catholic News Service hailed its 'life-affirming qualities' compared to another great film it denigrates, The Sea Inside. Although locked-in state is a rare condition, few individuals experiencing it are likely to have the wealth and resources, public acclaim and reason to live that Bauby had. The situation of Ramon Sanpedro (The Sea Inside) might be a more common one.

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