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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

One might think that a film about a guy who is paralyzed with no movement at all in his body except for one eye, might be sad or depressing. Maybe not your cup of tea. But, with all that going on, this is a fascinating film that is wickedly funny in spots, ironic, and a total pleasure.

This is the true story of French fashion magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who is inflicted with a rare condition known as "locked in syndrome". But, while his body is inactive, his mind is totally intact, and most of the film is the view of life he has through his one eye and what's going on in his very active consciousness.

We learn about "Mr. Bauby" through flashbacks. He is a man with flaws who lived in the fast lane. A dramatic contrast to his current condition. Somehow he deals with his condition with the help of a therapist and he eventually even writes a book about his experience. Just think about how that would be remotely possible. The film has beautiful cinematography and it's very poetic. A truly facinating and rewarding film.

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