The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Trailer & Clips


The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (also know as Le scaphandre et le papillon) full movie is released on Feb 01, 2008. Watch The Diving Bell and the Butterfly online - the French Biography movie from France , which has achieved a worldwide gross of $19,780,116. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is directed by Julian Schnabel and created by Ronald Harwood with Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is available online on Hoopla and Pluto TV.

Forty-three year old Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby - Jean-Do to his friends - awakens not knowing where he is. He is in a Berck-sur-Mer hospital, where he has been for the past several weeks in a coma after suffering a massive stroke. Although his cognitive facilities are intact, he quickly learns that he has what is called locked-in syndrome which has resulted in him being almost completely paralyzed, including not being able to speak. One of his few functioning muscles is his left eye. His physical situation and hospitalization uncomfortably bring together the many people in his life, including: Céline Desmoulins, his ex-lover and mother of his children; Inès, his current lover; and his aged father who he calls Papinou. Among his compassionate recuperative team are his physical therapist Marie, and his speech therapist Henriette. Henriette eventually teaches him to communicate using a system where he spells out words: she reads out the letters of the alphabet in descending order of their use in the French language, and he blinks his functioning left eye when she reaches the appropriate letter. Although frustrating at start, he learns to communicate effectively but slowly using this method, so much so that with the help of Claude, a full time translator, he decides on the monumental and seemingly impossible task to keep to his pre-injury commitment of writing a book, changing its focus to life in his current state.

As know as:

Le scaphandre et le papillon, O Escafandro e a Borboleta, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, Lo scafandro e la farfalla, Ha-Parpar V'Paamon Ha-Tzlila

Release Date:

Dec 19, 2007

Release Date (Streaming):

Apr 29, 2008


France, United States



Stream Service:

Miramax Films

Production Companies:

Pathé, Renn Productions, France 3 Cinéma

Official Site:

Official site

Gross worldwide:



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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
by rottentomatoes, Nov 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
by rottentomatoes, Nov 17, 2011
Bob Mondello
What's fascinating is that it is the very restrictions the story imposes on a director that allow Schnabel to turn it into such an eerie stunner of a movie.
by rottentomatoes, Oct 18, 2008

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