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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (2007) on IMDb
Rating: 4.5/5
“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (2007) movie poster

Guided by director Julian Schnabel’s creative vision, the film is positively spellbinding, from the unsettling beginning to the last scene. I cannot imagine a better way of cinematically conveying what it is like to suffer from locked-in syndrome than the one the filmmakers employ here; it is very effective. The balance between mainstream and art-house feel is nearly perfect. Intellectually and emotionally powerful, brilliantly acted, visually poetic, and life-affirming, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a celebration of human consciousness, a reminder to live life to the fullest, and a unique movie experience.

(Original title: Le scaphandre et le papillon.)