The Diving Bell and the Butterfly ★★★½

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) is relentlessly engaging in its camera work, which as is stands is also the best aspect of the film. Schnabel and Kaminski have have crafted a uniquely subjective worldview that instantaneously transports us into the life of the paralyzed Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), who is suffering from Locked-in syndrome - trapped in his body with his fully-functioning mind. And it is when his extraordinary mind is producing eloquent and poetic descriptions of his life - before and after - that we really are able to connect with him. 

This may be controversial, but there is a limitation to how interesting the story is. The actors are in general fine, with Emmanuel Seigner as the standout, but the camera work coupled with the lyricism elevate this stationary man’s story to something quite moving.