Director: Julian Schnabel

Country: France

Year: 2007

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a biographical drama film about the last part of Jean-Dominique Bauby’s life. The movie is based on Jean’s memoir of the same name which he wrote using only the motion of his left eyelid after suffering a massive stroke that left him completely paralyzed except for his eyelid.


The film mainly depicts Jean’s state of mind, thoughts and dreams during that period of his life. With a brilliant directing alternating between a first-person-view from Jean’s prospective to the occasional third-person-view that shows us the complete picture, the film manages to grab the viewers’ attention even though it didn’t rely heavily on human emotions.

The film uses some flashbacks scenes from Jean’s life with different characters before it shows the encounters between them after the stroke. At the end I thought it was an excellent and touching film that I think everyone would find in it something or themselves.