It really is an utterly beautiful film. I hope Julian Schnabel wins the best director Oscar as it is more than deserved.
For a film about a man trapped inside his own body, the women in his life were all exceptionally played. Everything was just so understated, especially the scene where Celine is with Jean-Do and his mistress telephones.
I left the cinema and bought the book straight away. As perfect as a film can get.
Indeed, the women were all amazing. I loved how complicated his life was and how that continued in his time locked-in. The scenes on the telephone with his father and then with his mistress were extraordinarily moving (not to mention the brilliant scene early in the film with his speech therapist where he is discouraged by his situation shall we say without spolining it).
And the sewing up scene was just the most terrifying thing I have ever seen in a film- just shows how involved the director made you feel of the whole situation.
I have persuaded 3 friends to go see it and they all loved it. I hope it gets some OScar recognition.
I saw this on DVD the other day and had to express my love somewhere. It's just amazing - so up-lifting and inspiring, but not in the usual route 1 "Hollywood disability movie" course. Mathieu Amalric was so good I'm almost considering watching Quantum Of Solace just for him.
I liked Persepolis well enough, but that France submitted that for an Oscar over this boggles the mind.
My understanding is that Persepolis was put forward as Best Foreign Film because The Diving Bell was good enough and well received enough to hold it's own in the major categories, which it did, getting Oscar nomintions for directing, writing, editing and cinematography.
Persepolis got it's Oscar nomination, even if it wasn't for Best Foreign Language Film, so everyone did well in then end.