THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY

By Julian SCHNABEL

PATHE PRODUCTION LTD. - as SALES All rights, World

Drama - Completed 2007


    • Year of production
    • 2007
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • FRANCE
    • Languages
    • FRENCH
    • Duration
    • 120 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Julian SCHNABEL
    • Writer(s)
    • Ronald HARWOOD
    • Producer(s)
    • Kathleen KENNEDY, Jon KILIK
    • Synopsis
    • On December 8, 1995 at 43, Jean-Dominique Bauby, the inventive and charismatic editor in chief of the magazine French Elle suffered a massive stroke and his brain stem was rendered inactive, his life was changed forever. After lapsing into a coma, he awoke 20 days later to find himself the victim of locked-in syndrome—mentally alert but a prisoner inside of his own body, his only means of communicating with the outside world the blinking of his left eye.
      Forced to adjust to this unique perspective, Bauby created a new rich world by looking into himself to find the only two things that weren't paralyzed, his imagination and his memory. At the Maritime Hospital in Berck-Sur-Mer, in Nord Pas de Calais France he was taught an alphabet, a code in the order of the most frequently used letters in the French alphabet. Letter by letter painstakingly words, sentences, paragraphs tell the story of a profound adventure into the human psyche and into the battle between life and death. This alphabet unlocked the prison of Jean-Dominique's body which he called his Diving Bell and travelled the borderless regions of freedom that he called the Butterfly.
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