3. Le Scaphandre et le Papillon
This was a visually stunning film based on the memoir of same name by Jean-Dominique Bauby, former editor of Elle magazine. The cinematography of this film is almost unbelievable. The film is visual poetry, which is interesting in the face of the subject matter. The film offers a first-person viewpoint into the life of a stroke victim who is left completely paralyzed, and is only able to communicate with one eye. It's awe astounding and cynically hopeful, but it isn't preachy--which is both refreshing and irritating in terms of convention. I would like to have had a little more depth, but I think some had to be sacrificed to fit into the film's time frame. At any rate, I'm sure there's more than enough in the book. I want to read it, but after this movie I'm slightly afraid to. I'm sure it's heartbreakingly traumatic.