Game Changers Series: The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

GameChangers - Films - Diving Bell and the Butterfly

Welcome to my summer Game Changers series!

Each week I’ll be sharing a book, film or artist that has inspired me.
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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is the kind of story that sticks with you long after the movie ends.

It’s the kind of movie you watch when you’re craving purpose, passion, compassion, and love. Perfect for a late Sunday afternoon curled up with your favorite cup of comfort and journal (so you can write down all your ah-ha’s and oh-wow’s).

This game-changing film tells the true story of Elle Magazine editor-in-chief Jean-Dominique Bauby, who suffers a stroke and has to live within an almost totally paralyzed body. 

Other than his left eye, the only other part of Jean-Dominique left unaffected is his keen ability to observe, imagine and love.

Without giving too much away – because this is a film you absolutely must see – here are two of my favorite quotes from the movie:

“If I must drool, I may as well drool on cashmere.”

“I need to feel strongly, to love and to admire, just as desperately as I need to breathe. A letter from a friend, a Balthus painting on a postcard, a page of Saint-Simon, give meaning to the passing hours. But to keep my mind sharp, to avoid descending into resigned indifference, I maintain a level of resentment and anger, neither too much nor too little, just as a pressure cooker has a safety valve to keep it from exploding.”

An inspiring and humbling and enlightening movie. I highly encourage you to put this one on your summer “I’ve gotta watch this” list. You won’t regret it!

Have you seen The Diving Bell and the Butterfly? What is your favorite quote?

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