The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)

Let your imagination set you free.

  • Genre: Drama, History
  • Release Date: 2007-05-23
  • User Rating: 7.6/10 from 1118 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 52min
  • Language: Français
  • Production Company: Pathé Renn Productions
  • Production Country: France, United States of America
  • Director: Julian Schnabel
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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.

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  • Mathieu Amalric

    as Jean-Dominique Bauby
  • Emmanuelle Seigner

    as Céline Desmoulins
  • Marie-Josée Croze

    as Henriette Durand
  • Anne Consigny

    as Claude
  • Patrick Chesnais

    as Dr. Lepage
  • Niels Arestrup

    as Roussin
  • Olatz López Garmendia

    as Marie Lopez
  • Jean-Pierre Cassel

    as Father Lucien
  • Marina Hands

    as Joséphine
  • Max von Sydow

    as Papinou
  • Isaach De Bankolé

    as Laurent
  • Emma de Caunes

    as Empress Eugenia
  • Jean-Philippe Écoffey

    as Doctor Mercier
  • Gérard Watkins

    as Doctor Cocheton
  • Nicolas Le Riche

    as Ninjinski
  • Théo Sampaio

    as Théophile
  • Fiorella Campanella

    as Céleste
  • Talina Boyaci

    as Hortense
  • Anne Alvaro

    as Betty
  • Françoise Lebrun

    as Madame Bauby
  • Zinedine Soualem

    as Joubert
  • Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre

    as Diane
  • Agathe de La Fontaine

    as Inès
  • Marie Meyer

    as Mannequin
  • Ilze Bajare

    as Mannequin
  • Anna Chyzh

    as Mannequin
  • Lenny Kravitz

    as Himself
  • Michael Wincott

    as Fashion Photographer
Camera Janusz Kamiński Director of Photography
Sound Julian Schnabel Songs
Writing Ronald Harwood Screenplay
Editing Juliette Welfling Editor
Art Michel Eric Set Designer
Production Kathleen Kennedy Producer
Production Pierre Grunstein Executive Producer
Directing Julian Schnabel Director
Production Jon Kilik Producer
Production Léonard Glowinski Producer
Sound Jean-Paul Mugel Sound Engineer
Sound Paul Cantelon Original Music Composer
Sound Francis Wargnier Sound Designer
Sound Dominique Gaborieau Sound Designer
Costume & Make-Up Olivier Bériot Costume Design
Production Jim Lemley Executive Producer
Writing Jean-Dominique Bauby Novel
Art Laurent Ott Set Designer
Production François-Xavier Decraene Line Producer