You've probably noticed from my sidebar, my Netflix queue was The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le Papillon), 2007. I don't know when a film has touched me on so many levels. I am
getting butterflies in my stomach just writing this post.
This marvelously artistic film, masterfully directed by Julian Schnabel and elegant screenplay by Ronald Harwood (The Pianist), is the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of the renowned
fashion magazine, Elle, who suffers a massive stroke at the age of 43. When awaking from a coma, he is totally paralyzed except for the use of his left eye. Developing a painstaking system of communicating
with his therapist by blinking his eye, he writes bit by bit, a lyrical, heartbreaking memoir of his struggle.
Wonderful surreal dream sequences and the realities of interpersonal relationships are woven through the film. Mathieu Amalric does an amazing job as Bauby and Max von Sydow is absolutely beautiful in the cameo role of Bauby's father. This film depicts both the fragility and strength of humanity. I came away realizing what a precious gift life is and to appreciate each small, seemingly insignificant moment.