Jean-Dominique Bauby, editor-in-chief of French fashion bible Elle magazine, has a devastating stroke at age 43. The damage to his brain stem results in locked-in syndrome, with which he is almost completely paralyzed and only able to communicate by blinking an eye. Bauby painstakingly dictates his memoir via the only means of expression left to him.
Best Director, Vulcain Prize for the Technical Artist – Cannes IFF 2007
Audience Award – San Sebastian IFF 2007
Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film – Golden Globes 2008
Mathieu Almaric, Emmanuelle Seigner, Marie-Josée Croze