Etienne George
EW Staff
November 27, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
112 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/30/07
performer
Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Max von Sydow
director
Julian Schnabel
distributor
Miramax
author
Ronald Harwood
genre
Foreign Language, Drama

We gave it an A-

Bell stars Mathieu Amalric (Munich) as Jean-Dominique Bauby, the French Elle editor who at 43 suffered a stroke that left him paralyzed except for his left eye, which, by blinking, he used to dictate the memoir on which this is based. Director Julian Schnabel brought a certain zeal to the project. ”My system of directing is, everybody jumps in the hole. If you can climb out, you can go home at the end of the day.” The result won him the Best Director prize at this year’s Cannes.

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