Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, ...

(Etienne George)


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Genre: Foreign Language, Drama; Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Max von Sydow; Director: Julian Schnabel; Author: Ronald Harwood; Runtime (in minutes): 112; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Miramax

Julian Schnabel’s masterful adaptation of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, French Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby’s memoir, is a moving, humane drama about a vibrant man (Mathieu Amalric) left almost completely paralyzed by a stroke, and the rich life that lingered after his body failed. EXTRAS Schnabel’s fantastic commentary mixes technical details — he attached his own glasses to the camera to simulate Bauby’s point of view — with fun asides (Niels Arestrup, who plays a hospital visitor, is a mix of ”Chris Walken and Marlon Brando after they’ve been stuck inside a glacier for about 13 hours”). A

Originally posted May 2 2008 — 12:00 AM EDT

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