Monday, May 5, 2008

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The diving bell and the butterfly: **** Very Good.

image We watched the DVD of this movie tonight.  It was very good.

A rich and creative magazine editor suffers a stroke which leaves him with one eye that blinks, and that's all he can use for communication.  He manages to blink out a book - his memoirs - with the help of many people.

The film shows images of what he might have been seeing in his imagination while he was locked in his body.  It's those images that are beautiful.  His mind is still working, even if he has been betrayed by his body.

I recommend it.

Note:  I cheated.  It's a French film, but I set the DVD to play in English with no subtitles.  I don't think I lost anything, but how would I know?

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1 comment:

  1. Bernice M. FrederickJune 11, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    I loved "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", but the movie I'd rather see is "My Stroke of Insight", which is the amazing bestselling book by Dr Jill Bolte Taylor. It is an incredible story and there's a happy ending. She was a 37 year old Harvard brain scientist who had a stroke in the left half of her brain. The story is about how she fully recovered, what she learned and experienced, and it teaches a lot about how to live a better life. Her TEDTalk at TED dot com is fantastic too. It's been spread online millions of times and you'll see why!