Sunday, January 20, 2008

film - The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 4/5

Overly long, and definitely not for mainstream audiences.

A guy has a stroke and paralyzed almost completely, save for the ability to blink one eye. He communicates and actually writes a book, fulfilling a contract that was set up before his stroke.

Filled with both bleak and vivid imagery, this film is not a cheesy Hollywood, Disney-fied take on seeing the silver lining when life gives you lemons. Excellent acting and direction.

A bit too long for me, but worth seeing if you want to see something different. French with subtitles. The beautiful blonde will look familiar to some. She was also in the 1988 Roman Polanski film Frantic with Harrison Ford , Emmanuelle Seigner (41) and is married to Polanski. The speech therapist is played by Montrealer Marie-Josée Croze, who was also the Dutch assassin in Spielberg's Munich. The film's main character is played by Mathiew Amalric, who will be appearing in the upcoming James Bond film, due out in Nov.


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