Le Scaphandre Et Le Papillon

How would you feel if the only movement you could do was to blink one single eye? Do you cherish your life the way you really should? Do you want to get better, make amends or develop yourself or do you just want to get by? I mean it’s up to you really.

This film tells a story of an editor of a fancy fashion magazinewho sudenlly has a stroke on the way to the theatre, with his son in the car just next to him. It made him lost all the moviments of his entire body apart from his left eye. So the only he was then able to comunicate was by blinking.


He, then, started to use the only thing he had left to live, his imagination. In order to free himself from the prison his body got trapped into, he started to develop his imagination in order to survive, really.

The way the film was shot, the camera angles and moviments, the photography, editing, colors, dialogues and sequences….everything was done remarkably well, to imitate the way he saw the world. The things seem to be kinda warped as the viewer was looking through on eye only. Extremelly nice and abstract in a beautifull way.

There’s a lot of hidden metaphors on the dialogues and when he thinks out loud. So do pay attention to what the actors are actually saying and try to learn something…..

So, he then realised the stroke actually set him free literally and the interesting point of the whole film is to identify the weird metaphor liying beneath the surface of this movie. When he lost of the motor functions of his body and thought he was going to be a vegetable, he then started to think about his entire life and reached the conclusion that he had been living a lie, and only when all that tragedy happened to him, his imagination set him free and put him back on the ground, revealing who he really was.

He managed to write a book and died 10 days after it got published.

As inspiring as it can get, the film is like a slap on the face of people who complains about frivolous things and can’t see the beauty behind the surface, the inner freedom of the mind that can be  unleashed only by the imagination.

Le Scaphandre et la Papillon, 2007
Julian Schnabel


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