Mathieu Amalric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze, Max von Sydow | PG-13 |
Jean-Dominique Bauby (Amalric) was a magazine editor and Parisian bon vivant when, at age 43, a massive stroke left him paralyzed. He was able to communicate only by blinking the lid of one eye. In this film based on a memoir he wrote afterward, he struggles to accept his restricted present while remembering his colorful past. Painter-turned-director Julian Schnabel (Before Night Falls) is strongest with Bell’s visuals, evocatively capturing Bauby’s newly narrowed view of his visitors and surroundings. The story, while inspiring, plinks at the same strings as other films about overcoming adversity.