Andrea James

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

It’s the rare film that can capture the visceral sense of fading in and out of consciousness from first-person POV, but this film not only does that, it also gives the slightest sense of how difficult it must be to have full awareness yet be completely unable to move (save one eyelid). That Mr. Bauby was able to write a book in that state is simply astonishing, and a testament to his caregivers. This is the most finely crafted film I have seen since No Country for Old Men. Just amazing. It’s up for a bunch of well-deserved awards and is definitely worth seeing.

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