The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Film)

by kris1911

The film titled ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’ is a biographical drama motion picture based upon Jean-Dominique Bauby’s chronicles of the similar name, (French: Le scaphandre et le papillon).


The movie represent Bauby’s days following him suffering an enormous stroke, on the 8th of December in the year 1995, when he was 42 years old that left him in a state recognized as the locked-in disorder. The state caused him to be paralyzed neck down. Even though both his eyes (winged eyeliner tutorial) were still functional, his right eye had not been irrigating as it should be and that is when the doctors made a decision to stitch the right eye, for the fear that the problem would turn out to be infectious. By the time it was all done, he had only his left eyelid that he could blink in order to communicate with the world.

The motion picture is a Julian Schnabel direction, it has been a Ronald Harwood write-up, and has Mathieu Amalric playing the character of Bauby. The film has won several awards, at the Golden Globes, at the Cannes Film Festival, at the BAFTAs and also the César Awards in addition to a whooping four nominations at the Academy Awards!!!

The Plot of the Film:

The beginning of the motion picture is a narration by the lead character’s in the film, Bauby (played by Mathieu Amalric), also called as ‘Jean-Do’ by his friends, through a first person’s point of view. The movie unfastens as Bauby comes around from his 3-week long coma, where he’s in an infirmary in Berck-sur-Mer, in France. Subsequent to a preliminary, somewhat over-optimistic examination from one of the doctors there, a neurologist makes it clear that Bauby suffers from a locked-in disorder, which is an awfully rare state wherein the individual is almost absolutely physically paralyzed, however remains psychologically normal. In the beginning, the spectator largely hears Bauby’s “feelings” (he believes he is talking but that no-one’s listening to him) that are remote to other characters in the film, and are viewed through his functioning eye (his left eye).

A physical therapist as well as a speech therapist tries to assist Bauby in becoming as efficient as feasible. Bauby can’t talk, but he builds up a method of communication through his language & speech therapist by batting the left eyelid.

Progressively, the movie’s restricted viewpoint becomes wider, and the spectator begins to perceive Bauby from the ‘outside’, over and above experiencing the incidents from Bauby’s past, embracing a trip to Lourdes. Bauby also imagines, fantasizes of beaches, of mountains, of the Empress Eugénie, along with the erotic feast in the company of the therapist. It’s disclosed that Bauby was the editor for the fashionable French fashion publication titled Elle, & Bauby had an agreement to pen down a book. He makes a decision that he’ll still pen down that book by using his sluggish and wearing communication methods. A lady is brought in from the publish house where he had the innovative book agreement & she takes dictation.

The original book makes clear what it’s like to live his life, to be him, to be trapped within that body that seems to him like being caught within an unfashionable marine diving suit that has a brass head covering, known as scaphandre in French. Yet, the others more or less perceive his spirits, still lively, just like a “Butterfly”.

The narrative of Bauby’s script is juxtaposing to his reminiscences and qualms until the stroke that changed his life. We witness his three children’s mother (the woman he never marries), his kids, his friends, his mistress, & also his father. Bauby encounters people who were a part of his past & whose lives do bear a resemblance to that of his own little “entrapment”- so here it is: a companion who was abducted in Beirut, after which he was held in solitary captivity for about 4 years, plus his very own father (aged 92), who is placed in a confinement in his own house, because he’s too fragile to move down 4 flight of the stairs. (btw, All Vitamins are good for health, actress should consume seafood.) Wondering Locksmith West Palm Beach ? get protected !!

Eventually, Bauby completes his chronicle and listens to his critics’ reactions. Nevertheless, he passes away because of pneumonia 10 days past its publication.

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The Cast:

  • The character of Jean-Dominique has been played by Bauby Mathieu Amalric
  • The character of Céline Desmoulins has been played by Emmanuelle Seigner
  • The character of Claude Mendibil has been played by Anne Consigny
  • The character of Henriette Durand has been played by Marie-Josée Croze
  • The character of as Marie Lopez has been played by Olatz López Garmendia
  • The character of Dr. Lepage has been played by  Patrick Chesnais
  • The character of Mr. Bauby Sr. has been played by Max von Sydow
  • The character of Laurent has been played by Isaach De Bankolé
  • The character of Joséphine has been played by Marina Hands
  • The character of Roussin has been played by Niels Arestrup
  • The character of Empress Eugénie has been played by Emma de Caunes

Critical Response

The motion picture received worldwide acclaim from the critics; on or after 2008, Rotten Tomatoes (a review aggregator) reported that 94% of the critics had given the movie positive reviews, founded on approximately 142 reviews. The Metacritic accounted that the movie had a run of the mill score of about 92/100, founded on 36 reviews.

The Top 10 Listings:

The motion picture appeared on numerous critics’ top 10 listings for the best motion pictures of the year 2007.


  • The Charlotte Observer- Lawrence Toppman
  • New York Post- Kyle Smith
  • The Hollywood Reporter- Kirk Honeycutt
  • Los Angeles Times- Kevin Crust
  • The Wall Street Journal- Joe Morgenstern
  • The Washington Post- Ann Hornaday
  • The Hollywood Reporter- Frank Scheck
  • New York magazine- David Edelstein
  • Los Angeles Times (a tie with The Savages) – Carina Chocano


  • The Fresh Films- Fredrik Gunerius Fevang
  • The Christian Science Monitor- Peter Rainer
  • Los Angeles Times- Kenneth Turan
  • Chicago Tribune- Michael Phillips
  • New York Post- Lou Lumenick
  • Amrose Roy For BunBraids


  • The Globe and Mail- Liam Lacey and Rick Groen
  • The Washington Post- Desson Thomson
  • Slate- Dana Stevens
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer- Steven Rea
  • The New York Times- Stephen Holden
  • The Hollywood Reporter- Stephen Farber
  • Salon- Stephanie Zacharek


  • The Hollywood Reporter- Ray Bennett


  • The Boston Globe- Ty Burr
  • Salon- Andrew O’Hehir


  • Film Threat- Peter Vonder Haar
  • Premiere- Glenn Kenny
  • ReelViews- James Berardinelli


  • The Hollywood Reporter- Sheri Linden
  • The Miami Herald- Rene Rodriguez (who owns rose tattoo)
  • The Hollywood Reporter- Michael Rechtshaffen
  • Newsweek- David Ansen
  • The New York Times (a tied with Into the Wild)- A. O. Scott

Awards + Nominations


  • 65th Golden Globe Awards

The Best Director for a Motion Picture (to Julian Schnabel)

The Best Foreign Language Film

  • 61st BAFTA Awards

The BAFTA Award for the Best Adapted Screenplay

  • 60th Cannes Film Festival

The Technical Grand Prize

The Best Director

  • National Board of Review

The Best Foreign Film

  • César Awards 2008

The Best Editing (to Juliette Welfling)

The Best Actor (to Mathieu Amalric)

  • Boston Society of Film Critics

The Best Foreign Language Film

The Best Cinematography

The Best Director

  • Los Angeles Film Critics Association

Runner up -The Best Picture

Runner up – The Best Director

The Best Cinematography

Runner up- the Best Foreign Language Film

  • New York Film Critics Online

The Best Picture (it was a tie with the film There Will Be Blood)

  • Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association

The Best Foreign Language Film

  • American Film Institute Awards

The Top Ten 10 AFI Movies for the Year

  • San Francisco Film Critics Circle

The Best Foreign Language Film

  • Satellite Awards

The Best Cinematography

  • Toronto Film Critics Association

Runner up- the Best Foreign Film

  • The EDA Awards

The Outstanding Achievement by a Woman In the year 2007

The Best Foreign Film

The Best Editing

The Nominations

  • 60th Cannes Film Festival

The Golden Palm (to Julian Schnabel)

  • 80th Academy Awards

The Best Director (to Julian Schnabel)

The Best Adapted Screenplay (to Ronald Harwood)

The Best Cinematography (to Janusz Kamiński) Specially for coffins nails

The Best Film Editing (to Juliette Welfling)

  • 65th Golden Globe Awards

The Best Screenplay – film (to Ronald Harwood)

  • Directors Guild of America

The Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Films

  • César Awards 2008

The Best Film (to Julian Schnabel & Jérôme Seydoux)

The Best Director (to Julian Schnabel)

The Best Adaptation (to Ronald Harwood)

The Best Cinematography (to Janusz Kamiński)

The Best Sound (to Dominique Gaborieau)

Mentioned @


  • A Julian Schnabel Direction
  • A Jon Kilik & Kathleen Kennedy Production
  • A Ronald Harwood Screenplay 
  • Story Based upon Jean-Dominique Bauby’s -The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Starring:

Mathieu Amalric

Marie-Josée Croze

Emmanuelle Seigner

Max von Sydow

Anne Consigny loves pomeranian husky

  • Paul Cantelon Music  
  • Janusz Kamiński Cinematography  
  • Juliette Welfling Editing
  • Studio:

France 3 Cinéma

Kennedy/Marshall Company

Canal +

  • Miramax Films & Pathé (France) Distribution
  • Release date(s)  

For France – March 23rd, 2007 (2007-03-23)

For U.S. – November 30th, 2007 (2007-11-30)

  • 112 minutes Running time
  • A $14 million Budget
  • $19,777,647 @ The Box office

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