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True story: In a way it seemed slow, but that could be because of this rich & famous guy losing the ability to walk or talk. Warming though, how loved he remained and the patience of the caregivers. I liked it because I have no idea what the end of my days here on earth will be like and this opened my eyes to the realm of possibilities.
This is an interesting movie based on the true story of Jean-Dominique-Bauby who suffered a terrible stroke that left him with 'Locked-in-syndrome', he could neither speak nor move any part of his body except his left eye. A very usual movie !
Un film très émouvant. De très belles images de rêverie et imaginaire et une bande son bien adaptée.
The first part of the movie outstanding: dialogue, effects, superb camera shots, acting.
Second part lost some.
This is the trend on most of the movies now.
Very good movie, based on a true story. Well done from the patients point of view. I would recommend this movie.
Je ne connaissais rien de l'histoire, du contexte ; j'y ai découvert un chef d'oeuvre.
Les paysages et la musique sont magnifiques. À visionner.
Based on the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor of the French version of “Elle” magazine who suffered a terrible stroke at the age of forty-two. The stroke left him with “Locked-In Syndrome” in which he lost the ability to speak or move any part of his body except for his right eyelid. Despite this incredible handicap he was able to dictate his memoirs.....one letter at a time.....using a system devised by his physiotherapist. Based on those memoirs this story is told from a first person perspective.....often-using point-of-view camera angles. Funny at times, thoughtful at others yet never wallowing too long in self-pity or anger. Well done.
Having been disappointed in practically every French film seen in the past, old_toto was attracted to the KCLS description and decided to go French once again without great expectations. To his surprise it turned out to be a truly unique and remarkable story that will leave most viewers thinking for hours/days after the viewing! Attempting to limit gross spoilership, old_toto believes this movie will be quite remarkable to most adults in every respect except ... special effects. The beginning simulation of regaining consciousness by Jean-Do was simply stated - hackneyed and too long. Once one is past these first few minutes, this movie commanded attention. Internet researching this story finds nearly unanimous agreement among critics that the movie is as near the truth as possible. Of course, with polygamous relationships, there is bickering by the survivors regarding whom was loved and/or loved the most.
A most remarkable true story, so hope filled it left me thinking of it for days, highly recommend, however, it isn't a fluffy film.
An interesting movie but quite boring at times. Couldn’t get into this one. Give it a pass.
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”: Incredible. I didn't think I could withstand this much painful reality, but somehow the author and the director gave me enough normalcy to have some understanding and yet endure, enjoy and recommend this to others – highly recommended.
Also recommend “Sessions”, but with some breathing and “integration” space between.
This movie surprised me with its wit and heartbreaking plot. The very best part is that it's based on a true story! So many people put in time and effort into helping Jean-Do tell his story of living with "locked-in" syndrome, and it's one very worth watching.
I enjoyed this movie more after it was over than while I was watching it. The story is fascinating and inspiring, the acting is wonderful, and the cinematography is beautiful. I just had a hard time sitting through it. It reminded me of "My Left Foot".
The movie was actually better than the book, as it seemed to really show more of how the author's life was like and to illustrate better what he was talking about.
A VERY beautiful movie! Well shot, with an amazing story. ABSOLUTELY no action,(for those expecting car chases/crashes and/or gun fights!) but what little movement there is, speaks volumes...ALMOST LITERALLY!!!
J-D. Bauby, the adulterer and flamboyant editor of a French fashion and glamour magazine, suffers a debilitating stroke at age 42. When Bauby suffered the stroke he was taking his son for a joy-ride in his sportscar. He hadn't taken his two daughters. In hindsight, did he regret his chauvinism?
Compare the elaborate life support and rehabilitation that Bauby receives to the quality of life of his elderly father.
Several times late in the drama, Bauby is shown in his wheelchair on an isolated wooden platform surrounded by the ocean. Does this image symbolize Bauby's coming to terms with his disability - and having escaped the "diving bell"?
Why do we never see the mistress that he continued to desire? Does she symbolize the butterfly of the title? Why was Bauby so heartless to his wife right to the end?
If you're looking for meaning in life, and a way of cutting through all the BS, this movie is essential viewing. One of the highest rated movies of all time, and with good reason. The approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes is 95% for both audiences AND critics. Most critics and people give this 5 stars and rave about it. WARNING: It's serious and heavy and real -- not shallow entertainment, pop culture, escapism, or lighthearted fun. It's about life and death and spirit and truth.
See it before you die.
Absolutely LOVED this movie. Cinematography was excellent. A very honest perspective on life and an illness I'd not known about prior to this movie. This movie is now one of my all-time favourites.
Great film based on an amazing story, I am giving it 4.5 stars. It is also well worth watching an interview with the director included in the bonus materials on this DVD.
What could be such a sad story is actually very uplifting. The strength of the human mind is amazing.