Friday, February 8, 2008

The Diving Bell and The Butterfly

Despite being critically acclaimed (as many films are nowadays) and bagging several awards, notably two Golden Globes, The Diving Bell and The Butterfly has failed to attract local audiences who are too distracted by a cute Chinese alien and a slam-dunking pop star. It does not help that the film is being shown in the remote regions of Vivo Europa, psychologically remote of course.
It is an emotionally resonant film, based on the memoirs of Jean-Dominique Bauby who after suffering a stroke, was completely paralyzed less one eye. It is visually gorgeous too, albeit a conventional sort of beauty. I guess, that's my only problem with it: it's uplifting but predictable, almost like a feel-good Hollywood movie. Wait a minute, it's nominated for four Oscars...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I loved "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly", but the movie I'd rather see is "My Stroke of Insight", which is the amazing bestselling book by Dr Jill Bolte Taylor. It is an incredible story and there's a happy ending. She was a 37 year old Harvard brain scientist who had a stroke in the left half of her brain. The story is about how she fully recovered, what she learned and experienced, and it teaches a lot about how to live a better life. Her TEDTalk at TED dot com is fantastic too. It's been spread online millions of times and you'll see why!