Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly directed by Julian Schnabel

Stunning movie. Visually, emotionally, was in tears through out. Still processing it.

This movie is based on the internationally best selling book by Jean-Dominique Bauby. Bauby was the editor of French Elle and very much a man about town. At only 42 he suffered a massive stroke. His mind functioned but he was "locked-in". He was completely paralyzed. Bauby could only communicate by blinking one eye. That is how he "wrote" his book.

This movie will stick with me for a long, long time. It's in French w/English subtitles. The director and producers are American. I was a big fan of Schnabel's movie BEFORE NIGHT FALLS, which was the first movie I saw Javier Bardem in.

Here is a review from the NYTs.

6 comments:

Liz said...

I absolutely want to see this. I hadn't realized it was being made into a film.

I always freak out that something like this will happen to me, but my life is not nearly as interesting as Bauby's so I wouldn't have as much to blink out! ;)

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Liz - I freak out about these things as well!!

Please, of course you would have very interesting things to blink out.

I want to read the book now.

erin said...

I put it on my "must-see" movie list! I'm excited...

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

erin - let me know what you think of it.

wordtryst said...

I put it on my list too. It's so nice to have blog buddies for great book and movie suggestions. Makes life a little easier.

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

wordtryst - I agree!!