The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Julian Schnabel (2007)
2007 Cannes Festival – Prize of the Best Director
The Diving Bell and The Butterfly is the remarkable true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), a successful and charismatic editor-in-chief of French ELLE, who believes he is living his life to its absolute fullest when a sudden stroke leaves him in a life-altered state.
Refusing to accept his fate, Bauby determines to escape the paralysis of his diving bell and free the butterflies of his dreams and imagination. The only way he can express his frustration, however, is by moving his left eye. These movements and blinking a code representing letters of the alphabet become his sole means of communication.
Slowly -painstakingly- words, sentences, paragraphs and finally an affecting and life-affirming memoir emerges.
Cast : Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner
Official website : http://www.thedivingbellandthebutterfly-themovie.com/