The Diving Bell and the Butterfly | 2007

Directed by: Julian Schnabel

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Main Plot

The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby who suffers a stroke and has to live with an almost totally paralyzed body; only his left eye isn't paralyzed.


  • Mathieu Amalric's character, Jean-Dominique Bauby, is the protagonist who suffers from locked-in syndrome and narrates the story.
  • Emmanuelle Seigner's character, Céline, plays the role of Jean-Do's ex-wife and supportive companion during his struggles with locked-in syndrome.
  • Marie-Josée Croze's character plays a nurse who assists and cares for the protagonist, Jean-Dominique Bauby, throughout the film.

Ending Explained

"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" ends with the protagonist, Jean-Dominique Bauby, passing away due to pneumonia. However, before his death, Bauby manages to complete his memoir by dictating it using the only movement he has left - blinking his left eye. The book is published and becomes a bestseller. The film concludes with Bauby's imagination taking flight as he envisions himself free from his physical limitations, diving into the ocean and experiencing the joy of liberation.

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Julian Schnabel Mathieu Amalric Emmanuelle Seigner Marie-Josée Croze