Where to Watch "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"


Directed by

Julian Schnabel

Lila Sommers
Lila Sommers
· 3 min read

Who's in it?

Mathieu Amalric

Mathieu Amalric

Emmanuelle Seigner

Emmanuelle Seigner

Marie-Josée Croze

Marie-Josée Croze

Anne Consigny

Anne Consigny

Patrick Chesnais

Patrick Chesnais

Niels Arestrup

Niels Arestrup

Jean-Pierre Cassel

Jean-Pierre Cassel

Marina Hands

Marina Hands

Max von Sydow

Max von Sydow

"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" is a poignant biographical drama that chronicles the life of Jean-Dominique Bauby, the former editor-in-chief of French Elle magazine. After suffering a massive stroke, Bauby becomes paralyzed, only able to communicate by blinking his left eye.

Despite his condition, known as "locked-in syndrome," Bauby dictates his memoir, providing a profound and moving insight into his world, dreams, and memories.

Release Information

Release Date: May 23, 2007

Duration: 112 minutes

Rating: PG-13

Box Office Collection: $19.8 million worldwide

Cast & Crew

Lead Actors/Actresses:

  • Mathieu Amalric as Jean-Dominique Bauby
  • Emmanuelle Seigner as Céline Desmoulins
  • Marie-Josée Croze as Henriette Durand

Director: Julian Schnabel


  • Ronald Harwood (screenplay)
  • Jean-Dominique Bauby (based on his memoir)

Where to Watch

United States (US)

There are currently no streaming offers in the US.

  • Stream: It is available for streaming on Hoopla.
  • Buy/Rent: For those looking to purchase or rent, options include Apple TV, Amazon Video, Google Play Movies, YouTube, and Vudu.

United Kingdom (GB)

There are currently no streaming offers in the GB.

  • Stream: Currently, there are no streaming options available in the UK.
  • Buy/Rent: You can buy "Shutter Island" from platforms such as Amazon Video, Sky Store, and Microsoft Store.

Spain (ES)

There are currently no streaming offers in the ES.

  • Stream: In Spain, you can stream it exclusively on Amazon Prime Video.
  • Buy/Rent: There are no buying or renting options available at the moment.

France (FR)

There are currently no streaming offers in the FR.

  • Stream: The movie is available for streaming on FILMO and the Filmo Amazon Channel.
  • Buy/Rent: If you're keen on owning or renting a digital copy, platforms include Apple TV, Orange VOD, FILMO, Canal VOD, Rakuten TV, LaCinetek, Universcine, Amazon Video, and Bbox VOD.

Canada (CA)

There are currently no streaming offers in the CA.

  • Stream: For streaming, it is available on Hoopla.
  • Buy/Rent: Those looking to buy can find it on Apple TV and Amazon Video.

Production Details

Production Company: Pathé Renn Productions, France 3 Cinéma, and Kennedy/Marshall Company

Filming Locations: France, primarily at the Berck-sur-Mer hospital in the Pas-de-Calais region.

Budget: $12 million


Critical Reviews: The film was lauded for its unique storytelling, stunning cinematography, and powerful performances, particularly that of Mathieu Amalric. Critics praised Julian Schnabel's direction, which beautifully captured the essence of Bauby's memoir and his internal world.

Audience Reviews: Audiences were deeply moved by the film's portrayal of Bauby's resilience and determination. Many found it to be an emotional journey that offered a fresh perspective on life, dreams, and the human spirit.

Awards & Nominations: The film garnered numerous awards and nominations, including four Academy Award nominations. It won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

Lila Sommers

About Lila Sommers

Lila is your media maven with a passion for the extraordinary! Spot her at the local bookstore or crafting her own stories on lazy Sunday afternoons. From indie flicks to hidden gem tracks, Lila's knack for weaving words and tunes is unmatched, making her your ultimate companion in the exciting world of media and entertainment.

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