Le scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
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- 112 min.
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The "student film" epithet has grown very old. As someone who, you know, has actually seen some student films, I can assure you that none of them contained anything that looked like the dream sequences in this film (and it's not just a matter of competency, but also a matter of visual imagination - something most student films lack and which this film contains in spades.)
It's also nowhere close to being "very long" - it is, in fact, just about the perfect length (though it could have used a little longer run-time.)
It is a truly extraordinary film, one with more creativity and beauty and warmth than just about anything else out there.
One of the most heartbreaking and poetic films I've ever seen. I lost it at so many points, especially the phone call with his father.
This one will play on my mind for many days to come.
Beautiful movie. A real tearjerker. I wanted to dispose the main character because of his lavish almost decadent lifestyle (can you say jealous?) but I just couldn't. I felt so much for his situation. I also admired his courage and resilience in the face of such adversity. The visuals were perfect at giving the sense that I was just as confined as he was. Marvelous.
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This movie ranks #49 in IMDb's Biography Top 50
This movie ranks #53 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films: 1001-2000
This movie ranks #77 in BBC's The 21st Century's 100 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #147 in Emma Beare's 501 Must-See Movies
This movie ranks #159 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
This movie ranks #1005 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?