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

  • steve dayan Teamsters Local 399

    Hollywood Teamsters, IATSE Condemn Sexual Harassment in Entertainment Industry

    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 […]

  • Harvey Weinstein

    Directors Guild Begins Expulsion Process Against Harvey Weinstein

    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 […]

  • Josh Brolin'Only the Brave' film screening,

    Josh Brolin Mourns 'Deadpool 2' Stuntwoman's Death: It Was an 'Absolute Freak Accident'

    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 […]

  • 'Surviving Peace' Review: Does Israel Truly

    Film Review: 'Surviving Peace'

    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 […]

  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

    Box Office: Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Set to Top Sluggish Weekend Ahead of 'Geostorm'

    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