You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Screenwriter: Ronald Harwood

Distrib/release date: Miramax/Nov. 30

Adapted from: Bestselling memoir of the same name by the late Jean-Dominique Bauby, former editor of French Elle.

Storyline: After a stroke leaves him immobile but for his left eyelid, 43-year-old Bauby composes his memoir by blinking as a physiotherapist and then a transcriber read the letters off a chart.

About the script: “It’s about the triumph of the human spirit over dreadful adversity, a subject that’s always interested me. ‘The Pianist’ was about that as well,” says Harwood.

Biggest challenge: “How to tell it,” Harwood says. “It’s written by a man who blinks one eye as letters of the alphabet are read to him. How do you do that?”

Breakthrough idea: “Thinking that the camera could be him, so that the camera did the blinking. And that idea was absolutely liberating, a washing-line on which you could hang pretty much everything.”

Choice line: “My favorite line in the picture is when Bauby opens his eyes and sees these beautiful women. And he says, ‘I’ve gone to heaven.'”

More Film

  • Bizzers Like "Sound" of South-South Co-Prods

    Bizzers Like "Sound" of South-South Co-Prods

    Distrib/release date: Miramax/Nov. 30 Adapted from: Bestselling memoir of the same name by the late Jean-Dominique Bauby, former editor of French Elle. Storyline: After a stroke leaves him immobile but for his left eyelid, 43-year-old Bauby composes his memoir by blinking as a physiotherapist and then a transcriber read the letters off a chart. About […]

  • Former IM Global Exec Stuart Ford's

    Former IM Global Exec Stuart Ford's New Venture to Focus on Content

    Distrib/release date: Miramax/Nov. 30 Adapted from: Bestselling memoir of the same name by the late Jean-Dominique Bauby, former editor of French Elle. Storyline: After a stroke leaves him immobile but for his left eyelid, 43-year-old Bauby composes his memoir by blinking as a physiotherapist and then a transcriber read the letters off a chart. About […]

  • 'Eldorado' Review: A Moving Essay on

    Berlin Film Review: 'Eldorado'

    Distrib/release date: Miramax/Nov. 30 Adapted from: Bestselling memoir of the same name by the late Jean-Dominique Bauby, former editor of French Elle. Storyline: After a stroke leaves him immobile but for his left eyelid, 43-year-old Bauby composes his memoir by blinking as a physiotherapist and then a transcriber read the letters off a chart. About […]

  • 'Museum' Review: Dazzling, Heartfelt Mexican Heist

    Berlin Film Review: 'Museum'

    Distrib/release date: Miramax/Nov. 30 Adapted from: Bestselling memoir of the same name by the late Jean-Dominique Bauby, former editor of French Elle. Storyline: After a stroke leaves him immobile but for his left eyelid, 43-year-old Bauby composes his memoir by blinking as a physiotherapist and then a transcriber read the letters off a chart. About […]

  • Touch Me Not

    Berlin Film Review: 'Touch Me Not'

    Distrib/release date: Miramax/Nov. 30 Adapted from: Bestselling memoir of the same name by the late Jean-Dominique Bauby, former editor of French Elle. Storyline: After a stroke leaves him immobile but for his left eyelid, 43-year-old Bauby composes his memoir by blinking as a physiotherapist and then a transcriber read the letters off a chart. About […]

  • 'Survivors Guide to Prison' Review

    Film Review: 'Survivors Guide to Prison'

    Distrib/release date: Miramax/Nov. 30 Adapted from: Bestselling memoir of the same name by the late Jean-Dominique Bauby, former editor of French Elle. Storyline: After a stroke leaves him immobile but for his left eyelid, 43-year-old Bauby composes his memoir by blinking as a physiotherapist and then a transcriber read the letters off a chart. About […]

  • 'Mute' Review: The Sound Isn't the

    Film Review: 'Mute'

    Distrib/release date: Miramax/Nov. 30 Adapted from: Bestselling memoir of the same name by the late Jean-Dominique Bauby, former editor of French Elle. Storyline: After a stroke leaves him immobile but for his left eyelid, 43-year-old Bauby composes his memoir by blinking as a physiotherapist and then a transcriber read the letters off a chart. About […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content