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Movie Preview: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, a film adaptation of the French memoir Le Scaphandre et le Papillon, has been getting tons of buzz ever since it premiered at Cannes last year, and that buzz only increased with the two wins the Diving Bell garnered last night at the Golden Globes. Yet many people don't know a thing about it, so in honor of the movie's Best Foreign Language Film win and Julian Schnabel nabbing Best Director, check out the trailer for Diving Bell after the jump.

The story follows Jean-Dominique Bauby's life after he suffers a massive stroke at the age of 43, leaving him with the condition "locked-in syndrome." His only means of communication: blinking his left eyelid. To watch the trailer and see what everyone's talking about,

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i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 8 years
That sounds like a really interesting story. I didn't know what the movie was about until a few days ago. I want to go see it, but I don't think any of my friends will be interested in going :(
Marseeah Marseeah 8 years
I read this book when I was a sophomore in college (spring of 2000) - I had a lit teacher that was French that knew Jean-Dominique, and he had us read the book, and watch the documentary. For at least a year after that, I recommended this book to everyone I knew - it's lyrical, evocative, so well written... And to think that he wrote the book by just blinking his eye at the right letter. Such a fabulous brain on that man!
lilkatie79 lilkatie79 8 years
About a week ago, I read the foreword online and had to have the book as I'm an avid reader. I bought it over the weekend, but haven't had the chance to read further than the foreword yet. I'm so looking forward to it, and after I hope I'll get the chance to see the film.
swwonder swwonder 8 years
I really want to see this film, the book was amazing.
NiceDriveway NiceDriveway 8 years
It's a fabulous film. I saw it a few weeks ago. However, this trailer is the pits. The French trailer actually shows you what happens in the film. Far better.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
This looks like an amazing film; it tops my list of must sees.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 8 years
I loved Basquiat, and the more I hear about this movie which was done by the same director, the more I want to check it out.
laneylaney laneylaney 8 years
This is such a beautiful movie! I highly recommend it. It also has a wonderful soundtrack.
BethEsme BethEsme 8 years
I am really looking forward to seeing this movie. It looks like an emotional journey, but it's so beautifully shot.
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 8 years
This looks really good, I can't wait to see it.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
I never read the book, but the movie was really well done. The only thing that annoyed me was the "arty" way the director had Bauby's visitors move in and out of screen (i.e. his view). What, the hospital didn't have CHAIRS?
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