Movie Review: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a movie based on the memoir of the same name. It is a movie that is a little hard to watch at first, because it puts you in the head of the lead character Jean-Dominique Bauby, who we come to realize has become paralyzed by a stroke. It is a very innovative approach to tell a movie through the point of view of the lead character, where the camera is literally inside his head. That's all thanks to the director, Julian Schnabel (who won a Golden Globe for Best Director) and Director of Photography, Janusz Kaminski (Speilberg's DP).

With this approach, it tells a unique story of love, loss and the human spirit. Yes, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a hard to watch at times and moves a bit slow, but it is one of those movies that makes you think about life and the people around you. It is very innovative and is also a movie that one should probably see once in their lifetime.
3.5 out of 5

Running time 112 minutes
US Gross: $6,003,227
International Gross: $13,684,129
Total Gross: $19,687,356

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