Friday, February 15, 2008

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

One of the most touching and moving works of art I have seen in a long time. The director Julian Schnabel is a true artist and his talent is displayed with his most recent film. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is the true story of French Journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby who was the editor of the French fashion magazine ELLE. In 1995 he had a stroke that left him in a condition that is called lock-in syndrome. Lock-in syndrome is when you are alive but your body is paralyzed. The only part of Bauby's body that could move was his left-eye. While the physical challenges of 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 a life without boundaries.
It makes sense that this film had to be directed by a sensitive and artistic person - painter/filmmaker Julian Schnabel. In the first 20 minutes of the film we only see what Bauby sees. This was truly one of the best cinematic moments I have ever witnessed. The way this scene is captured deserves an award all in itself. I understand why Schnabel walked away with last year's Cannes award for Best Director.
This beautiful movie really brings to life Jean-Dominique Bauby's story. The cast is top notch, and every scene is stunning. This movie also reminded me to not take life for granted and appreciate the finer things in life. A must see! I give The Diving Bell and the Butterfly a B+. Enjoy!!! ~Caleb

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is Now Playing at The Moxie Cinema

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