Mr. Movie

Battelle offers remarkable 'Diving Bell and the Butterfly'

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.

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.

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