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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (22-May-2007)

Original Title: Le scaphandre et le papillon

Director: Julian Schnabel

Writer: Ronald Harwood

From novel: Le Scaphandre et le Papillon by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Original Music: Paul Cantelon

Producers: Kathleen Kennedy; Jon Kilik

Keywords: Drama, Biography, France, Hospital

Magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby struggles to live with near-total paralysis following a massive stroke.

Well-regarded Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby wakes from a three-week coma in a French hospital, unaware of his surroundings and present circumstances. An attending neurologist informs Jean-Dominique of his diagnosis of locked-in syndrome, a rare consequence of a massive stroke in which a patient remains "normal" in a mental sense despite near-total paralysis. Limited only to movement in his left eye, Jean-Dominique develops a unique system of communication with his speech therapist, ultimately relating events in his storied existence leading up to his stroke to be used as the basis for his memoir.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Mathieu Amalric
25-Oct-1965   Late August, Early September
Jean-Pierre Cassel
27-Oct-1932 19-Apr-2007 The Crimson Rivers
Patrick Chesnais
18-Mar-1947   Je ne suis pas là pour être aimé
Isaach De Bankolé
12-Aug-1957   Casino Royale
Lenny Kravitz
26-May-1964   Wants to fly away yeah
Emmanuelle Seigner
22-Jun-1966   Frantic
Max von Sydow
10-Apr-1929   The Exorcist
Michael Wincott
21-Jan-1958   The Crow


Mathieu Amalric   ...   Jean-Do
Emmanuelle Seigner   ...   Céline
Marie-Josée Croze   ...   Henriette Roi
Anne Consigny   ...   Claude
Patrick Chesnais   ...   Dr. Lepage
Niels Arestrup   ...   Roussin
Olatz Lopez Garmendia   ...   Marie Lopez
Jean-Pierre Cassel   ...   Fr. Lucien and Shopkeeper
Marina Hands   ...   Josephine
Max von Sydow   ...   Papinou
Gerard Watkins   ...   Dr. Cocheton
Theo Sampaio   ...   Théophile
Fiorella Campanella   ...   Céleste
Talina Boyaci   ...   Hortense
Isaach De Bankolé   ...   Laurent
Emma de Caunes   ...   Empress Eugénie
Jean-Philippe Écoffey   ...   Dr. Mercier and Nortier de Villefort
Nicolas Le Riche   ...   Nijinski
Anne Alvaro   ...   Betty
Françoise Lebrun   ...   Mme. Bauby
Zinedine Soualem   ...   Joubert
Georges Roche   ...   Fourneau
Agathe de La Fontaine   ...   Inès
Yves-Marie Coppin   ...   The Fisherman
François Delaive   ...   The Male Nurse
Franck Victor   ...   Paul
Laure de Clermont   ...   Diane
Virginie Delmotte   ...   The Female Nurse
Daniel Lapostolle   ...   Nursing Auxiliary 1
Philippe Roux   ...   Nursing Auxiliary 2
François Filloux   ...   Male Night Nurse
Elvis Polanski   ...   Young Jean-Do
Cedric Brelet von Sydow   ...   Young Papinou
Sara Seguela   ...   Paraplegic Lourdes
Vasile Negru   ...   The Violinist
Marie Meyer   ...   Model
Ilze Bajare   ...   Model
Anna Chyzh   ...   Model
Antoine Breant   ...   Assistant to Jean-Baptiste Mondino
With the kind participation of
Azzedine Alaïa   ...   Himself
Michael Wincott   ...   Himself
Jean-Baptiste Mondino   ...   Himself
Lenny Kravitz   ...   Himself
Farida Khelfa   ...   Herself


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