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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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... Jean-Do
... Céline
... Henriette Roi
... Claude
... Le Docteur Lepage
... Roussin
Olatz López Garmendia ... Marie Lopez
... Père Lucien et le Vendeur
... Joséphine
... Papinou
Gérard Watkins ... Le Docteur Cocheton
Théo Sampaio ... Théophile
Fiorella Campanella ... Céleste
Talina Boyaci ... Hortense
... 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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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

€403,978 (France), 27 May 2007, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$75,721, 2 December 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,990,075, 6 April 2008
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In the movie, Bauby is visited by a friend named Roussin (Jean-Paul K in the book), about whom Bauby feels guilty as his friend was captured and held hostage in Beirut, Lebanon after Bauby gives Roussin his airline seat. In reality, although Jean-Paul K was indeed held hostage in Beirut, it was not due to having been given Bauby's seat. In the book, Bauby expresses guilt at never having contacted his friend upon his release, and there is no mention that the two met up again after Bauby's stroke. See more »

Goofs

At about 15 minutes left in the film, the right side of Bauby's lip is shown to be drooping, whereas throughout the film it was the left side that drooped. See more »

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Jean-Dominique Bauby: Like a sailor seeing the shore disappear, I watch my past recede, reduced to the ashes of memory.
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Referenced in Take (2008) 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)
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With the kind authorization of EMI Catalogue Partnership France
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A powerful and emotional journey
22 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY is a jewel of a French film with a story that impacts an audience with an appreciation for life (the butterfly) and for the despair of what may happen if a tragedy might befall you (the diving bell)with the beautiful landscapes of France as a backdrop. The lighting and photography enhance the film, and the faces of the French women are wondrous to behold as the story unfolds on the screen. This film deserves all the accolades that it has received in a story which is spellbinding and emotional. The cast is superb, the scenes that depict the father and son are very real and show the importance of acceptance of father for son, which is carried down to his own children, and the final scenes leave you with a great respect for the writer and his story. Merci beau coup, Ronald Harwood, for delivering this story to the screen.


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