The Diving Bell And The Butterfly Soundtrack

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Telling the heartbreaking and extraordinary story of Elle magazine editor, Jean-Dominique Bauby, “The Diving Bell And The Butterfly” won awards at festivals all over the world for it’s beautiful cinematography, thoughtful direction and sublime writing.

Bauby is committed to hospital after a massive stroke and is diagnosed with “locked-in syndrome”, leaving him completely paralyzed bar his left eye. Through the perseverance of his speech-therapists and himself, he is able to communicate with the world and conveys that he wishes to write a book.

The mood of the film subtly switches between majestic tranquility and helpless despair; carefully transitioned through lighting and the bittersweet soundtrack. The CD release of the film’s music begins with the light-hearted and serene “La Mer” by Charles Trénet, then proceeds through the delicate tones of big artists such as U2 and The Velvet Underground before terminating at the devastatingly beautiful original theme by Paul Cantelon.

Each track on this compilation fits perfectly with the others; none feel out of place or break the pattern of the album as is unfortunately so common among other releases. This gives the soundtrack a real coherence which lets it stand apart from the film as an excellent record in its own right.

It is unfortunate that Explosions In The Sky’s “Your Hand In Mine”, which featured in the film’s trailer did not make it into the final cut, as it would have certainly strengthened this collection even further.

For those wishing to relive the music of the film or simply enjoy a well crafted compilation, the soundtrack to “The Diving Bell And The Butterfly” is an excellent purchase which deserves more than its fair share of time in the CD player.

1. “La Mer” – Charles Trenet
2. “Chains of Love” – The Dirtbombs
3. “All the World is Green” – Tom Waits
4. “Ultra Violet (Light My Way)” – U2
5. “Don’t Kiss Me Goodbye” – Ultra Orange & Emmanuelle
6. “Pale Blue Eyes” – The Velvet Underground
7. “Ramshackle Day Parade” – Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros
8. Theme for “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” – Paul Cantelon

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