Sunday, June 29, 2008
A quick review before work...
This film is based on the true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffered a massive stroke at the mere age of 42, and was left in a very rare condition known as locked-in syndrome. Most of the film's events are shown through Bauby's eyes. For instance his awakening after a three-week coma depicts his blurry vision and the fact that he believes that he is answering all of the doctor's questions, until it becomes obvious that no one can hear him. He is completely paralyzed, except for his left eye. His vision improves after the doctors decide to sew his damaged right eye shut, and that is not a gory scene, but a scary one, since he still has an inner reflex instinct, but no ability to move.
And there are lots of scenes that are just as frustrating, in an emotional way; people come to see him, people with whom he has unresolved relationships and unfinished business, but he is unable to express his thoughts.
The amazing event in this film is the perseverance of Bauby and his assistant in communicating and ultimately, writing his book. It is done one letter at a time, chosen with the blink of an eye. It's almost unbelievable. He died shortly after its completion, as if that were his raison d’être.
I think I must read this, sometime. It's a well-done, intriguing film, and I recommend it. It's subtitled, a French film.