Remarkable French Film

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

A must see if you like sad poignant movies. Almost as good as the Spanish film, “The Sea Inside.”

From Library Journal
On December 8 1995, Elle magazine
editor-in-chief Bauby suffered a stroke and lapsed into a coma. He
awoke 20 days later, mentally aware of his surroundings but physically
paralyzed with the exception of some movement in his head and left eye.
Bauby had Locked-in-Syndrome, a rare condition caused by stroke damage
to the brain stem. Eye movements and blinking a code representing
letters of the alphabet became his sole means of communication. It is
also how he dictated this warm, sad, and extraordinary memoir. Bauby’s
thoughts on the illness, the hospital, family, friends, career, and
life before and after the stroke appear with considerable humor and
humanity. Actor Rene Auberjonois’s narration adds to the poignancy of
the story.


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