The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” is a great movie that is likely to be of interest to anyone interested in accessibility.

When the movie came out a couple of years ago, a friend of mine Phil, who is an experienced film maker and cameraman, told me it was terrific and I had to make sure I saw it. Unfortunately I never got around to it while it was in the cinemas, maybe because the subject matter and trailer made me think it would be very depressing.

Last night, I finally saw “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”, our local Video-DVD rental place has a good selection of movies. The movie tells the true story of Jean-Dominique Buaby, who was the glamorous and successful editor-in-chief of French Elle magazine when he suffered a rare form of stroke called “locked in Syndrome”. The stroke meant that all voluntary muscle movement apart from blinking were paralysed, but his mind was perfectly fine. As they said in the blub:

“While the physical challenges for Bauby’s fate leave him with little hope for the future, he begins to discover how his life’s passions, his rich memories and his newfound imagination can help him achieve life without boundaries.”

This is truly a fabulous movie directed by Julian Schnabel with amazing performances by all the actors. The story and production techniques are very engaging and it’s not too heavy. For me, one of the personal benefits of seeing the movie was that it gave me a greater insight into the experiences of Lara Friedman who had a similar stroke and wrote about it in the book “Lara’s Gondola”. I met Lara at the launch of her book in December last year.

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  1. I’d been avoiding this film because I heard it was depressing, but your recommendation has made me want to see it now. Thanks!

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