The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Well I just recently watched the Diving Bell and the Butterfly after a bunch of my friends and one of my teachers told me it was a great film, and im still sorting through it in my head!
It's FRENCH! And it has Subtitles! Surprisingly, hearing those two things excited me as the movie started. I hope you can deal with that!
The movie was about a man named
The movie opens from the perspective of Jean-Do as his eyes try to focus on the images in the hospital room.
The movie was a bit rough to watch as it was a very up close view of a terrible condition. When Jean-Do’s image of himself, a man trapped in a deep-sea diving suit was shown, I felt like I was submerged and experiencing the same dreadful feeling. It was hard to watch because seeing the pain of
bit of a pig at first, viewers had an instant attraction to him; he was funny, smooth and had a way with the ladies even with drool dripping down his hanging lip. After
I enjoyed the way director, Julian Schnabel used lights and colors to evoke drama and emotion from a scene. Camera angles and positions were used to express feeling such as when a hand-held camera was held at a low angle to put viewers at the same level as Jean Do, or when the camera pulled back to a bird's eye view to illustrate the lonelyness of Jean-Do's position. The charecter of Jean Do (played by Mathieu Amalric) was originally supposed to be played by Johnny Depp! It would have been very interesting to see Depp's take on the charecter!
As depressing as some parts of the movie were, it was inspirational to see how a man who had so much could fall so hard, but still have the ability to pick himself up, inspire others, and do more than he would have, had he never been in the dreadful position.
I thought the movie was beautifully shot, and well thought out. It meticulously and sometimes humorously presents the bright, positive as well as the dark aspects of humanity. If you havent seen it yet, I think you should definitely go out to Blockbuster and rent it! When the movie was over, I was left contemplating what I would do in such a position. It was then that I prayed to God that I would never suffer a stroke!