Real life Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby had a stroke.
Only one eye worked, an eye that the first 45 minutes of this movie is seen through.
Later, this 2007 bio-pic flashes glorious images of the past and seamlessly welds them to his bleak, lifeless present.
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As Bauby’s condition improves, director Julian Schnabel expands your horizon and that of Bauby who wrote the book The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by blinking it out one letter at a time through his good eye.
It’s a mind-boggling accomplishment in a mind-boggling movie, provided by Battelle Film Club.
Schnabel’s mastery of his medium is stunning. He weaves the puzzle of Bauby’s life together in pieces that paint a deep, intense and tragic but oddly satisfying picture.
Mr. Movie rating: 5 stars
Rated PG-13 for mature themes. It plays Friday, Feb. 12 only at the Battelle Auditorium at 8 p.m.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.