The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Editor-in-Chief Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric) of Elle magazine has a devastating stroke.

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly


Biography, Drama114 Mins2007PG-13

Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), editor-in-chief of French fashion bible Elle magazine, has a devastating stroke at age 43. The damage to his brain stem results in locked-in syndrome, with which he is almost completely paralyzed and only able to communicate by blinking an eye. Bauby painstakingly dictates his memoir via the only means of expression left to him.


  • Emotional
  • Engaging
  • Sad