The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Poignant drama telling the true story of a man left paralysed in the prime of his life who showed incredible reserves of spiritual strength to author his memoirs just by blinking.
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.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
|Henriette Roi||Marie-Josee Croze|
|Dr Lepage||Patrick Chesnais|
|Marie Lopez||Olatz Lopez Garmendia|
|Father Lucien / The Seller||Jean-Pierre Cassel|
|Papinou||Max von Sydow|
|Dr Cocheton||Gerard Watkins|
|Empress Eugénie||Emma de Caunes|