The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Lists: Film Quest 2015 - The Challenge Part II, Independent Film Award Nominees - BIFA

Brief Synopsis: "Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he'd only visited in his mind."

Overall Ranking: 181 (Rank from 2007: # 2)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 80%
Regular 20%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Reviewer Rating Review Secondary Ratings
Lisa Marie Bowman100 - An incredibly touching film from Julian Schnabel.
David Baruffi97
Damon Schneider92
Carly Booth88(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest65 - Exceptionally well acted, good story, but the ending comes out of nowhere. I realize it's a true story, but the film just ends. Highly over-rated.
(full review)
Comedy: 2
Sex Appeal: 2
Scary: 2
Rewatch: 3

People Involved

  • Mathieu Amalric (Jean-Dominique Bauby)
  • Emmanuelle Seigner (Céline Desmoulins)
  • Marie-Josée Croze (Henriette Durand)
  • Anne Consigny (Claude)
  • Patrick Chesnais (Dr. Lepage)
  • Niels Arestrup (Roussin)
  • Olatz López Garmendia (Marie Lopez)
  • Jean-Pierre Cassel (Father Lucien)
  • Marina Hands (Joséphine)
  • Max von Sydow (Papinou)
  • Isaach De Bankolé (Laurent)
  • Emma de Caunes (Empress Eugenia)
  • Jean-Philippe Écoffey (Doctor Mercier)
  • Gérard Watkins (Doctor Cocheton)
  • Nicolas Le Riche (Ninjinski)
  • Julian Schnabel (Director)