“Schnabel’s movie … is a gloriously unlocked experience, with some of the freest and most creative uses of the camera and some of the most daring, cruel, and heartbreaking emotional explorations that have appeared in recent movies.” New Yorker
Jean-Dominique Bauby, the editor of French Elle, suffered a massive stroke at the age of 43 that left him in “locked-in syndrome”: with full mental capacity but the ability to move only his left eye. Schnabel’s visual feast of a film, adapted from Bauby’s bestselling memoir, imaginatively expresses the complex inner life of a man imprisoned within his body. Nominated for four Oscars and winner of the best director awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Independent Spirit, and Golden Globes. 2007, 35mm, 112 minutes.