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’ĂȘtre.

I think I must read this, sometime. It's a well-done, intriguing film, and I recommend it. It's subtitled, a French film.


TLP said...

Ooohhhhh, a quickie before work! That Acton. Some people have all the fun.

Great review. I wanted to see this, but was afraid that it would be too depressing. It's subtitled, so your dad would love it.

Ariel the Thief said...

Hope it comes our way. Reminds me of an ER episode in which a woman got stroke and was not able to communicate, which she did not realize, she believed she is talking and writing, but she was just giving sounds and scrawling crick-crack's, then everything was fine by the end of the episode, of course, but till then, oh my, it was killing.

Doug said...

I have to admit I'm fascinated by the concept of the film but I've been afraid it could maybe be dull.

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