Aroview: Justly celebrated adaptation of the autobiography of the late Jean-Dominique Bauby, who enjoyed the high life as editor of Elle magazine before suffering a massive stroke that left him entirely paralyzed except for the use of his left eye.
A truly remarkable story remarkably well told, painter-turned-filmmaker Julian Schnabel matches this unique and profound human tragedy with storytelling strokes that are at once audacious and delicate, and that don't yield to either self-indulgence or sentiment. Immersing the viewer in the skin of the mute, immobile protagonist for much of its running time, it's a film that demands (and deserves) not just to be seen but 'experienced'. Even dubbed 'critic-proof' in some quarters, and who are we to argue? It's a blinking masterpiece.
Average rating (Exceptional). Showing 1-3 of 4 member reviews.
4 stars (Very Good) A hypnotic & arresting film, the movie has a sense of the tragedy for Bauby and his family, but it wasn't merely an artful tearjerker. It’s ironic that a film about such a devastating, disconnecting condition should be a rich and human experience. ~SteveParkes
5 stars (Exceptional) riveting ~Keeshy
4 stars (Very Good) Different and moving. ~tubbs
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