2007: #4 The Diving Bell and Butterfly

Directed by: Julian Schnabel
Written by: Ronald Harwood
Based on the book Le Scaphandre et le Papillon by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, and Max Von Sydow
Distributor: Miramax
Country: France
Language: French
Rating: PG-13
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Date released: 11/30/2007
Date seen: 12/26/2007
Worldwide Box Office Gross: $8,339,339
# of Oscar nominations: 4
# of Golden Stake Nominations: 5 (Make-Up, Cinematogrophy, Adapted Screenplay)
# of Golden Stakes Won: 2 (Cameo & Foreign)

“The Diving Bell and Butterfly” is a very intimidating title, I know.  It sounds like the title of a very pretentious movie, but that’s not what this is at all.  The film tells the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, a man who suffered a debilitating stroke at the prime of his life that left him paralyzed head to toe, only able to control one eye.  Bauby could have given up hope, but instead he got a new lease on life and with the help of an assistant wrote an entire memoir by blinking as the alphabet is read to him.  This celebration of life could have easily turned to a saccharine exercise, but Julian Schnabel and Ronald Harwood managed to turn it into a beautiful work of art.

Full Review

#5 Year End Honors #3

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