The Sea Inside

The Sea Inside

Alejandro Amenabar (2004)

PG Certificate


Our Score
The controversial and emotive subject of euthanasia presents film-makers with ample opportunities to pile on the melodrama and manipulate the audience. Fortunately, Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar (The Others) manages to keep this true-story drama funny and free of sentiment, while never sacrificing emotional integrity. Quadriplegic Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem in another amazing performance) became famous in 1990s Spain for waging a one-man war against religious leaders, family members and the authorities for the right to die with dignity. It's clear where Amenábar's sympathies lie, but he presents both sides of the complex argument and his heartfelt human drama is all the better for this balanced view, which offers no easy answers. He also opens up the film with astonishingly graceful visualisations of the bedridden Sampedro's voyages of the imagination. The Sea Inside is enormously touching and relevant, celebrating life even as it portrays a struggle for death.


Fact-based drama about a fisherman who is paralysed from the neck down in a diving accident. After spending years dependent on others to take care of him, he decides to fight for the legal right to end his own life. Starring Javier Bardem, Belen Rueda and Lola Duenas. In Spanish, Catalan and Galician.

Cast & Crew

Ramon Sampedro Javier Bardem
Julia Belen Rueda
Rosa Lola Duenas
Manuela Mabel Ribera
Jose Celso Bugallo
Gene Clara Segura
Joaquin Joan Dalmau
German Alberto Jimenez
Director Alejandro Amenabar
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Other Information

Language: Spanish +subtitlesColourTheatrical distributor: EntertainmentAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 11 Feb 2005