13 May 2008

Don't Leave Me Dry

After months of waiting, I finally got to watch The Diving Bell and The Butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon en francais). The film is the adaptation of the memoir written by French journalist Jean-Dominique Baubey. It details his experience living with Locked-in syndrome - a condition in which a patient is aware and awake, but cannot move or communicate due to complete paralysis of nearly all voluntary muscles in the body.

Baubey, used his ability to blink as his mode of communication. His therapist and dictator for the book would list off letters in order of frequency and he would blink when the correct letter was spoken. The memoir took about 200,000 blinks to complete with each word taking about two minutes to get through.

The story in itself is so fascinating, heavy, sad and inspiring and paired with a beautifully filmed screenplay is worthy of so much more credit and award than I feel it's received. Please watch this film as soon as you can.


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