This is one of the most moving stories. The unbelievable resilience of this man while trapped inside his body, enabling him to let the "butterfly" escape from the wrecked cocoon of his life before... Read morehe dies is a miracle. I use the word miracle in the sense that it's such a pearl that could just as well not have happened, but it did and it leaves behind this "incident" to make us pause and think!
Julian Schnabel's Diving Bell and the Butterfly is a ravishing celebration of sight and sound, an elegantly sensual evocation of human consciousness. Though his film is based on a best-selling account of one man's miraculous tenacity in the face of almost total incapacitation, Schnabel avoids every disease-of-the-week cliche. ‘Jean-Do' Bauby the editor of French Elle magazine, suffered a massive stroke at the age of 43. His mind was spared but his body was permanently paralysed in a condition known as ‘locked-in syndrome.' After he emerged from a coma, a devoted nursing team taught him to communicate by blinking his one mobile eyelid as the letters of the alphabet were read to him. With those blinks, Bauby ‘wrote' his extraordinary memoir.