06 February 2008

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

If there was a more perfect movie made recently, I challenge you to watch this gem for comparison. I know "perfect" is a word that's readily tossed around and the film isn't without parts that might be tweaked here and there but as far as conception, acting, direction, and execution, The Diving Bell has few competitors. Add in a script that's funny, touching, poignant, and almost every emotion you could think of, plus the fact that it's based on a very true story, and you've got a film for the ages.

The story goes like this: Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor of Elle magazine, suffers a stroke. After emerging from a coma, his body is frozen (save for his left eye) but his brain is perfectly fine -- the rare condition is called "locked-in syndrome." Eventually, after learning to communicate by blinking, he pens the titular memoir. It's an amazing tale and the movie does it justice. Definitely get out and watch this while it's still in theaters.