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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Poignant drama telling the real-life story of a man left paralysed in the prime of his life who went on to show incredible reserves of spiritual strength to author his memoirs. The editor of France's Elle magazine, Jean-Dominique Bauby was struck down in his 40s by a stroke that left him unable to move a muscle, yet did not affect his mental reflexes. He went on to write his autobiography just by blinking patterns - the only physical activity he could still perform - which followed an alphabetical code.

Release date:

1 hour, 45 minutes

Last on

Sat 2 Nov 2013 00:40
BBC Two Wales


Role Contributor
Jean-Do BaubyMathieu Amalric
DirectorJulian Schnabel
CelineEmmanuelle Seigner
Henriette RoiMarie-Josee Croze
ClaudeAnne Consigny
Le Docteur LepagePatrick Chesnais
RoussinNiels Arestrup
PapinouMax von Sydow
Marie LopezOlatz Lopez Garmendia
Pere Lucien et le VendeurJean-Pierre Cassel
JosephineMarina Hands
Le Docteur CochetonGerard Watkins
ProducerKathleen Kennedy
ProducerJon Kilik
AuthorJean-Dominique Bauby
WriterRonald Harwood