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The Sea Inside

  • Drama
  • 2004
  • Alejandro Amenábar
  • 120 mins
  • PG

Summary

Oscar-winning biographical drama based on a true story, starring Javier Bardem. Paralysed in a diving accident when he was a young man, Ramón Sampedro has spent 26 years as a quadriplegic. He decides he wants the right to die with dignity and, to that end, wages a one-man war against the authorities, religious leaders and his own family.

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Review

A star rating of 5 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Ramón SampedroJavier Bardem
JuliaBelén Rueda
RosaLola Dueñas
ManuelaMabel Rivera
JoséCelso Bugallo
GenéClara Segura
JoaquínJoan Dalmau
GermánAlberto Jiminez
JaviTamar Novas

Crew

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DirectorAlejandro Amenábar

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment
Released on
2005-02-11
Languages
Gallegan | Spanish | Catalan
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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