The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 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… The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 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…
DVD Review

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2008)

Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, ... | OOH, OUI! Mathieu Amalric (pictured, with Emmanuelle Seigner) plays paralyzed French magazine editor in the incredibly moving Diving Bell and the Butterfly , now on…
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OOH, OUI! Mathieu Amalric (pictured, with Emmanuelle Seigner) plays paralyzed French magazine editor in the incredibly moving Diving Bell and the Butterfly, now on DVD
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Details Release Date: Apr 29, 2008; DVD Release Date: Apr 29, 2008; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Drama, Foreign Language; With: Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner; 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 02, 2008 Published in issue #990 May 09, 2008 Order article reprints