French movie about paralyzed man
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby‘Locked-in syndrome: paralysed from head to toe, the patient, his mind intact, is imprisoned inside his own body, unable to speak or move. In my case, blinking my left eyelid is my only means of communication.’
In December 1995, Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French ‘Elle’ and the father of two young children, suffered a massive stroke and found himself paralysed and speechless, but entirely conscious, trapped by what doctors call ‘locked-in syndrome’. Using his only functioning muscle – his left eyelid – he began dictating this remarkable story, painstakingly spelling it out letter by letter.
His book offers a haunting, harrowing look inside the cruel prison of locked-in syndrome, but it is also a triumph of the human spirit.
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Nine weeks after its release in France on 2 November , it became the second biggest box office hit in France, just behind the film Welcome to the Sticks. They are chased through the streets by the police and eventually cornered. Driss claims the quadriplegic Philippe must be urgently driven to the emergency room; Philippe pretends to have a seizure and the fooled police officers escort them to the hospital. Driss, a candidate, has no ambitions to get hired. He is just there to get a signature showing he was interviewed and rejected to continue receiving his welfare benefits.
Eric Kohn. Yet the movie became a bonafide cultural phenomenon in France, finding fans around the world in the process; its premise, inspired by the bonding of a French businessman Phillips Pozzo di Borgo and caregiver Abdel Sellou, provided an easy, formulaic template for celebrating a connection across race, class and age. The dynamic between the characters remains strained and obvious, but the actors go out of their way to sell it anyway. Affluent Upper East Side author Phil Cranston needs to hire a new caretaker to help with his day to day needs, even as he grows tired of living; his longtime assistant Yvonne Nicole Kidman, in a bizarrely phoned-in supporting turn sets up interviews with a range of possibilities, and as to confirm his death wish, he goes with Dell Hart , a reckless divorced dad newly released from prison who just wants an easy gig to keep his parole officer at bay. Instead, he winds up forced into a high-society world of opera and fine art, fast cars, and decent paychecks while trying to help the grouchy Phil get over the death of his wife in a hang-gliding accident that put Phil in the wheelchair. Dell runs his mouth at every available opportunity, mocking the elegant, upper-class world at odds with his street-wise ways, while Phil warms to the perspective of a rascally figure from outside his bubble of despair. No surprises here, folks; just half-hearted punchlines and unadventurous sentimentality readymade for marketplace consumption.
And let me tell you: rich is better. In an act of defiance or maybe he just has a good sense , the well-groomed Phil decides this unkempt loose cannon is the only man for the job. Cranston whose career began in American sitcoms like Seinfeld and Malcolm in the Middle before achieving a greater level of notoriety on Breaking Bad is a perfect straight man for Hart. Things soon get weird, though. Even though The Upside and the original French film is loosely based on a real story, the suggestion is that all a bummed-out wealthy dude needs to get his blood pumping is to keep a pet Kevin Hart around the house.
It received generally positive reviews and was a modest success at the U. Home video and streaming brought the film even more fans in this country, followed by talk of a possible English-language remake. The Weinstein Co.
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