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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007

a.k.a. "Le scaphandre et le papillon"

The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed...

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Devastating and fascinating, sad and darkly numerous, utterly engrossing film. Closely based on the real-life memoir of the same name about the editor of French Elle magazine, who suffered a stroke while driving in the French countryside and subsequently suffers from 'locked in syndrome,' a condition in which you are completely paralyzed and cannot talk, yet your mind is left perfectly intact. Only able to voluntarily control his left eye, he learns to communicate through blinking, and dictates his memoirs to his assistant through the excruciatingly slow process of having the alphabet read to him, then blinking when the right letter is said.
This film won a ton of awards, and was nominated for 4 Oscars. Not a light or easy film to watch, but just so good. I also recommend the book. I watched this film after having read the book, and it follows the book very closely. In French with English subs. 10/10
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