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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly ()

Le scaphandre et le papillon (original title)
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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
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Céline
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Henriette Roi
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Claude
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Le Docteur Lepage
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Roussin
Olatz López Garmendia ...
Marie Lopez
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Père Lucien et le Vendeur
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Joséphine
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Papinou
Gérard Watkins ...
Le Docteur Cocheton
Théo Sampaio ...
Théophile
Fiorella Campanella ...
Céleste
Talina Boyaci ...
Hortense
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Laurent
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L'Impératrice Eugénie
Jean-Philippe Écoffey ...
Le Docteur Mercier et Nortier de Villefort
Nicolas Le Riche ...
Nijinski
Anne Alvaro ...
Betty
Françoise Lebrun ...
Madame Bauby
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Joubert
Georges Roche ...
Fourneau
Agathe de La Fontaine ...
Inès
Yves-Marie Coppin ...
Le pêcheur
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L'infirmier
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Paul
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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
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Fashion Photographer
Jean-Baptiste Mondino ...
Himself
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Himself
Farida Khelfa ...
Herself

Directed by

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Julian Schnabel

Written by

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Ronald Harwood ... (screenplay)
 
Jean-Dominique Bauby ... (book "Le scaphandre et le papillon")

Produced by

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François-Xavier Decraene ... line producer
Léonard Glowinski ... associate producer
David Greenbaum ... studio executive
Pierre Grunstein ... executive producer
Kathleen Kennedy ... producer
Jon Kilik ... producer
Jim Lemley ... executive producer

Music by

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Paul Cantelon

Cinematography by

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Janusz Kaminski

Film Editing by

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Juliette Welfling

Editorial Department

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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
Josh Rappaport ... Post Production Coordinator: Miramax Films
Gilles Granier ... dailies color grader (uncredited)

Production Design by

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Michel Eric
Laurent Ott

Costume Design by

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Olivier Bériot

Makeup Department

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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
Geoffroy Felley ... assistant special effects makeup artist
Mélanie Gerbeau-Lainé ... wigs (as Mélanie Gerbeaux)
Christian Gruau ... key hair stylist
Myriam Hottois ... key makeup artist
Benoît Lestang ... special makeup effects artist
Laure Moulin ... hair stylist
Chloé Van Lierde ... makeup artist

Production Management

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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 ... location 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
Linda A. Borgeson ... executive in charge of post-production (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Mathilde Cavillan ... second assistant director
Stéphane Gluck ... first assistant director
Sébastien Marziniak ... assistant director
Lucie Wagner ... trainee assistant director

Art Department

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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

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Roberto Cappannelli ... 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
Damien Lazzerini ... assistant sound mixer (as Damien Lazzérini) / re-recording 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

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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

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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
Thierry Flament ... visual effects producer
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

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Pascal Guégan ... stunt coordinator

Camera and Electrical Department

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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

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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

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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

Music Department

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Christian Chevalier ... music clearance
Julian Schnabel ... music supervisor

Transportation Department

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Arnaud Bisselbach ... driver
Hélène Millet ... driver

Other crew

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Hiam Abbass ... acting coach
Edith Barrier ... production administrator
Virginie Bernard ... production assistant
Sean Bloch ... making of videographer
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

Thanks

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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 Hamilton ... special thanks
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

Production Companies

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 descending order of their use in the French language, and he blinks his functioning left eye when she reaches the appropriate letter. Although frustrating at start, he learns to communicate effectively but slowly using this method, so much so that with the help of Claude, a full time translator, he decides on the monumental and seemingly impossible task to keep to his pre-injury commitment of writing a book, changing its focus to life in his current state. Written by Huggo

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Taglines Let your imagination set you free See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (United States)
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (World-wide, English title)
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (United Kingdom)
  • Schmetterling und Taucherglocke (Germany)
  • La escafandra y la mariposa (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 112 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend France EUR403,978, 27 May 2007

Did You Know?

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Trivia To familiarize himself with Bauby's sheltered existence, director Julian Schnabel made the movie in the same hospital where Bauby was treated, meeting many of the orderlies who had treated him. He also shot scenes on the same balcony where Bauby relaxed, and on the same nearby beach his family took him to. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Juno/Starting Out in the Evening/The Savages/Hitman/The Diving Bell and the Butterfly/Redacted (2007). See more »
Soundtracks Theme for The Diving-Bell and the Butterfly 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.
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