Thursday, March 19, 2009

Le Scaphandre et le Papillon

I am madly in love with Le Scaphandre et le Papillon ( The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.) It is a tender film about Jean-Dominique Bauby, the editor of French Elle. Jean-Dominique had a stroke at age 43, and was paralyzed with the exception of his left eyelid. His only way of communicating with the world was by blinking. This beautiful movie is based off of Jean-Dominique's memoir (also titled le scaphandre et le papillon) that he wrote by blinking. Jean-Dominique died 10 days after completing his book, and I find his whole story to be quite magical and mesmerizing. The film is a blurry and beautiful insight into Jean-Dominique's new view of the world.

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