Not only are the contents of Bauby’s memoir extraordinary – but the way in which he wrote it is extraordinary too. This is the basis for the film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.
Director Julian Schnabel shows he has not lost his ultra-tender touch with this film. It surpasses – on all levels – his earlier excellent effort, Before Night Falls (2000), which stars Javier Bardem.
Do yourself a favour: don’t watch the trailer below. Go and find a copy of this film, and a box of tissues, and settle in with a bottle of wine for a remarkable bitter-sweet tale, brilliantly told.
As always, I recommend you don’t ruin any surprises by reading spoilers or watching trailers.
Title: Le scaphandre et le papillon
Direction: Julian Schnabel
Screenplay: Ronald Harwood
Based on: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly; the 1997 memoir by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Cinematography: Janusz Kamiński
Editing: Juliette Welfling
Score: Paul Cantelon
Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Max von Sydow
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