Review of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

DUBLIN, IRELAND - The entertainmentireland website review says it all:

"How good is The Diving Bell And The Butterfly? It's ridiculously good."
I can't recommend this film enough.
Firstly, it's a very very sad story, but yet utterly captivating and worth the admission. It's essentially the story of a Frenchman, at the time editor of Elle magazine who suffers a stroke and after waking from a coma is suffering from an ultra-rare condition called 'locked-in syndrome' meaning the only movement he has is in one eye. He learns to communicate through this and dictates a book with the help of some therapists and friends.
I'm not going to describe the whole film, but for showing the power of film and how to give an idea of what it would be like to in situation (much of the film is through his perspective giving a surreal idea of what this condition is like), this film hits it perfectly.

And after my ever-so-slight moan about work yesterday, this is the ultimate antidote to show that you can make the most of a hugely difficult situation. Everyone will be moved by this movie. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is being re-shown in the IFI (daytime hours only) and Cineword (4 showings a day) this week after it was the most successful film ever shown at the IFI. If you have a chance, go and see it before it leaves (Cineworld seem to be showing it next week also).

Image: Taken at Cineworld last night on my new Nokia E51, with quite possibly the crappest phone camera ever. - Neal :) -

Rated 5/5 on Apr 10 2008
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