The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

” A fucking masterpiece”

That’s what Sean Penn called Julian Schnabel’s new film tonight at a screening in San Francisco and I would have to agree. Without giving too much away I’ll say that the story of Jean-Dominique Bauby is amazing, the performances (particularly Max von Sydow) are heartfelt and pitch perfect, and the team of Schnabel and Janusz Kaminski create a truly beautiful film.

In a Q&A session after the screening (which was more rambling anecdotes than interview) Schnabel said that he felt film making was more about finding something out about the world than telling something that you know. His discoveries become our discoveries and they make for the palpable freshness of this film.

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