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The Diving Bell and The Butterfly


The Diving Bell and The Butterfly

Some movies affect us in ways that are indescribable.  Some movies linger on and stay with us long after the credits roll down the screen.  The Butterfly and the Diving Bell is just such a movie. 


The first time I watched this unique film I was mesmerized, pinned to my chair with anticipation and disbelief.  The movie’s point of view is unique: it is seen through the eye of the protagonist, Jean-Dominique Bauby, who, at the age of 43, while at the top of his game as the editor in chief of Elle Magazine, became paralyzed from head to toe, due to a massive stroke. 


A subject such is this seems somber, yet this remarkable movie is nothing of the sort.  It is a tribute to the human spirit, that distillation of man which triumphs over any and all obstacles and exalts us to the highest realm.  It is the extraordinary thing about us, that unique piece of Heaven built into each and every one of us. 


Although confined to a useless body that only weights him down (thus the Diving Bell analogy), Jean-Dominique’s spirit and vivid imagination (the Butterfly) comforts him and allows him the freedom to roam, if only in his mind. 


Q:  How can a person in Jean-Dominique’s condition succeed in writing a best selling book? 

A:  By blinking.


That’s right!  Jean-Dominique Bauby wrote the best selling book “The Diving Bell and The Butterfly” by blinking each and every letter of the book, an unimaginable feat.  His work allows us to peer into the mind of a man whose body is completely paralyzed, with the exception of his one eye, the instrument of his dictation, being absolutely the only part of his body not frozen by his affliction.


I wanted to share this movie with you because it is Christmas and New Year’s soon.  It is a gift, something you can refer to in times of joy and in times of pain, in times of uncertainty and tribulation.  This is a movie I can watch again and again and walk away thinking that I really need to pay more attention to savoring the moments in my life.  At the end of the movie I am left with a deep sense of appreciation for life and for all that I have.   I hope you get a chance to share this important movie with those you love.  Its depth and meaning will stay with you well into 2010. 


Mirela Monte, Your Myrtle Beach Connection

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Comment balloon 7 commentsMirela Monte • December 24 2009 12:33AM


Looks like a very interesting film and I will have to check it out, thanks for the tip!
Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 10 years ago

Robert:  I hope you get a chance to watch it.  I always appreciate my life more after watching this important film.  If Bauby could write a book while completely paralyzed, we really have no excuse not to accomplish whatever goals we have...

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

BTW, only a few days after his book was published, Bauby died.  How's that for focus?

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago


I had heard of the movie but have not had the chance to watch it.  I will have to put it on my Netflix list.  My wife and I quite often look at the independent films and while some do not measure up it is nice how many times we find wonderful jewels.

Posted by Larry Story, Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate (Total Care Realty) over 10 years ago

That does sound amazing Mirela, I will add it to my list.  Thanks for the review!

Posted by Chris Fisher (Your Virtual Assistant) over 10 years ago

Larry and Chris:  This is one of those movies I just keep around in case of emergency, when my attitude is not what it should be.  When I forget to be grateful and have a pity party for myself, all I have to do is watch this movie.  His thought, his regrets quickly wake me up and by the end of the movie I feel like skipping again...

Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 10 years ago

MIrela, this sounds like an inspirational movie. I will check it out over the weekend.

Posted by Guy Thomas (WR Starkey Mortgage) over 10 years ago