The Diving Bell

Le Scaphandre et le Papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) is a film that I’ve been meaning to watch for years, but only got round to watching it recently. Some of the scenes felt strikingly familiar.

The film is based on the true story of the Editor in chief of the fashion magazine Elle, who suffered a sudden and tragic stroke, leaving him paralysed from head to toe, only able to blink his left eye. Jean-Dominique Bauby is told he has ‘locked-in syndrome’, trapped in his body – the diving bell, with only his imagination and memory – the butterfly, intact.

I’m not going to write a film review, there are others that can comment on the marvellous cinematography with far more creativity and expertise than I can. I will urge you to watch it if you haven’t already, it is incredibly moving and a great inspiration. It’s not just the perseverance of Jean-Dominique, but also the dedication and patience of the speech therapist and the beauty hired to note down his thoughts that capture the true strength of the human spirit in the face of adversity.

We never know what might lie just around the corner, and the film reminded me of how fragile life really is. It has made me all the more determined to make every moment count.

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