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The Diving Bell And The Butterfly Rated 12A

The Diving Bell And The Butterfly

Dir. Julian Schnabel. France, 2007. 1h 52m. French/subs. Starring Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Anne Consigny, Max von Sydow.

The true story of Elle France editor Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, in 1995 at the age of 43, suffered a stroke that paralyzed his entire body, except his left eye. Using that eye to blink out his memoir, Bauby eloquently described the aspects of his interior world, from the psychological torment of being trapped inside his body to his imagined stories from lands he’d only visited in his mind.

One-off screening followed by a post-screening Q&A with University of Oxford neuroscientists organised by The Oxford Science and Ideas Festival 2021. The panel discussion will be hosted by Olivier-nominated playwright, director, and social activist Athena Stevens.

‘Nothing in director Julian Schnabel's career so far has anticipated the sweetness, sadness, maturity and restraint of this lovely movie.’ ★★★★★ Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

'A poignant reflection on what it means to be alive and, visually, a true cinematic experience.’ ★★★★ Alan Morrison, Empire Magazine