The true story of 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.

  1. Jean-Dominique Bauby


  2. Julian Schnabel


  3. Ronald Harwood


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  1. Mathieu Amalric

    Mathieu Amalric

    Jean-Dominique Bauby

  2. Emmanuelle Seigner

    Emmanuelle Seigner

    Céline Desmoulins

  3. Marie-Josée Croze

    Marie-Josée Croze

    Henriette Durand

  4. Anne Consigny

    Anne Consigny


  5. Patrick Chesnais

    Patrick Chesnais

    Dr. Lepage

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
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Original Title Le scaphandre et le papillon

Status Released

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  • May 23, 2007


    Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Films given this rating may contain sexual content, brief or partial nudity, some strong language and innuendo, humor, mature themes, political themes, terror and/or intense action violence. However, bloodshed is rarely present. This is the minimum rating at which drug content is present.

Original Language French

Runtime 1h 52m

Budget $14,000,000.00

Revenue $19,777,647.00

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