L’Osservatore Romano praises movie on meaning of life

.- The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano has praised the new film “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” which recounts the real-life story of a French journalist who became completely paralyzed at the age of 43 and was only able to communicate by blinking an eyelid.
The film tells the story of husband and father of three Jean-Dominique Bauby, the successful editor of the magazine Elle, who suffered a stroke on December 8, 1995, and was afterwards stricken with “Locked-in Syndrome,” in which all physical functions cease but mental faculties remain intact.

“The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” was directed by American Jewish director Julian Schnabel.  Actor Mathieu Amalric plays Bauby, “who is a complete prisoner of his own body and is only able to blink his left eye-lid,” L’Osservatore Romano reports.

“Completely in tune with his situation of handicap and suffering, listening to the voices of his brain and not his mouth, as if we were a privileged audience, we witness Bauby’s slow realization of his new and precarious existence.  First, as a complete rejection of life and of the future,” and later with “the acceptance of this unnatural and incredible reality.”

Thanks to the help of a Christian speech therapist, “he is able to communicate with the outside world and thus dictate his memoirs, which would be published ten days before his death under the title of ‘The Diving Bell and the Butterfly’.”

“Schnabel’s movie, written with passion by Ronald Harwood, is fortunately not a thesis, it does not inevitably promote rejection, it does not play with the emotions or take part in any kind of moral campaign in support of euthanasia, like the movie ‘The Sea Inside’ by Alejandro Amenabar did without shame or impartiality,” the Vatican newspaper stated.

The movie shows the complex relationship between Bauby and his family, his doctors, a priest and various colleagues, underscoring that appreciation for human life can overcome the most extreme situations. 

L’Osservatore Romano stressed that Schnabel’s efforts echo the words Paul VI spoke to actors and film directors in May of 1967, when he exhorted them to use their craft to show the mystery of human life, “even when that life, as in the case of Bauby, seems to have absolutely no meaning.”

The film won the Golden Globe award for best foreign film and best director.  It has four Oscar nominations, and Schnabel won the award for best director at the last Cannes film festival.

Click here to view a trailer of the movie.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
Dedicating art to San Juan de la Cruz
A state without territory elects new government
The renewal of the Legionaries of Christ
Presentation of the book "The Pastor"
Synod on the Family October 2014
Preferential option for the poor
God is alive, even in sport
'A forbidden God' named Best Film at the International Catholic Film Festival
Vatican backs a 'Pause for Peace' during World Cup final
The effects of religious violence in Sarajevo 
The origin of Corpus Christi 
Corpus Christi at the Vatican 
Homage to an Indian Cardinal
Train of the Child's Light
New book explaining gestures of the Mass
Encounter between Pope Francis and the Charismatic Renewal in the Spirit Movement.
Religious tensions subside amid Balkan floods
John Paul II Center for Studies on Marriage and Family
Saint John Paul II on cartoon
Syrian Christian refugees

Liturgical Calendar

July 25, 2014

Saint James, Apostle

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 20:20-28


Daily Readings

First Reading:: 2 Cor 4: 7-15
Gospel:: Mt 20: 20-28

Saint of the Day

St. James »


Homily of the Day

Mt 20:20-28


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: