2007

On December 8, 1995 at 43, Jean-Dominique Bauby suffered a massive stroke and his brain stem was rendered inactive. His life was changed forever. After lapsing into a coma, he awoke 20 days later to find himself the victim of locked-in syndrome—mentally alert but a prisoner inside of his own body - his only means of communicating with the outside world, the blinking of his left eye.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

On December 8, 1995 at 43, Jean-Dominique Bauby, inventive and charismatic editor-in-chief of the magazine "French Elle" suffered a massive stroke and his brain stem was rendered inactive. His life was changed forever. After lapsing into a coma, he awoke 20 days later to find himself the victim of locked-in syndrome—mentally alert but a prisoner inside of his own body - his only means of communicating with the outside world, the blinking of his left eye.

Release date:

2007