LE SCAPHANDRE ET LE PAPILLON
THE DIVING BELL

DIRECTOR
Julian Schnabel

SCREENPLAY
Ronald Harwood.
Based on Jean-Dominique Bauby's novel
Le Scaphandre et le Papillon.

CAST
Jean-Dominique Bauby: Mathieu Amalric
Céline: Emmanuelle Seigner
Henriette: Marie-José Croze
Claude: Anne Consigny
Marie: Olatz Lopez Garmendia
Inès: Agathe de la Fontaine
Papinou: Max Von Sydow

AWARDS
Best Director, Technical Grand Prize, Cannes Film Festival (2007). Best Director, Independent Spirit Awards (2008).

Running time: 112’
Production: France / USA, 2007
Rating: Rated PG-13
Gauge: 35mm, DVD (color)

GENRE
Drama

DISTRIBUTOR
Swank Motion Pictures

 




“The liberating thing about ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ is its interlacing of realities and moods. In voiceover Amalric embodies one aspect of the man in the diving bell; we hear his impatience and his despair and his dirty chuckle at a joke, while the Bauby we see on camera, with his one good, overtaxed eye, embodies another. This flashy, self-centered man does not "earn" our sympathy in the conventional Hollywood manner.”
Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

As the editor of French magazine ELLE, Jean-Dominique Bauby was a key player in Parisian social and cultural circles before suffering a massive stroke at the age of 43. He developped what doctors called a locked-in syndrome: he lost all muscle control, save his left eyelid. Blinking one letter at a time, he composed a book describing his new life. As soon as it was published the book became an international best-seller; Jean-Dominique Bauby died shortly after. This is the basis of Julian Schnabel's enthralling film in which Jean-Dominique Bauby summons enormous courage, determination and his soaring imagination to escape from his trap. Tapping into the limitlessness of his memories, fantasies, wit, and desires, he finds a way to race through experiences of wonder and grief, sex and love, fatherhood and childhood, faith and questioning, ecstasy and absurdity - and touches the very essence of what it is to be human. Along the way he is buoyed by five remarkable women: Céline, the mother of his children who remains devoted to him despite his betrayal; Inés, the girlfriend who still haunts him; Henriette and Marie, who give him the power to re-connect with the world and his loved ones; and Claude, who becomes his literary assistant.

 

 

 

 

 



 
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