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MOVIE REVIEW: The Sea Inside

The Sea Inside  (2004) ★★★★★

The Sea Inside is about a person’s INHERENT RIGHT to own his or her individual life, to be able to choose to live or die with dignity from their own unique values, principles and beliefs rather than those imposed upon them.  Javier Bardem, who plays the central character, and Alejandro Amenabar, the film’s director, are adamant that this is simply the story of one man and not a political statement. The story is based on the true story of a quadriplegic Ramon Sampedro from Galicia, Spain, who in 1998 did succeed in dying, after planning his death in such an ingenious way that even if all the details were discovered no one could be legally charged with the crime.

Sampedro, using a writing implement held in his mouth and a writing stand he designed, poured out his thoughts and feelings in poetry and letters over the 29 years he had been, in his own words, a head attached to a dead body. These were the source of his published book, Letters From Hell. One film critic wrote: The film fails to convey the claustrophobic terror experienced by a man who called his book “Letters From Hell.”

This is not at all a downer of a movie or one that tries to manipulate your emotions. Nor is it a political bandwagon. It is a truly exceptional film not to be missed regardless of your own personal beliefs on one of the most controversial issues of our time.    Maurine McCormick Harrison, 9/30/2008


Rare is the motion picture which grapples with issues this provocative and profound. Rarer still is one which does so this well.   Rick Kisonak, Film Threat

. . .COMPELLING YET UPLIFTING. Based on the real-life, three-decades-long campaign by Ramon Sampedro, a Spaniard paralyzed from the neck down in a diving accident. . . Never maudlin or manipulative, The Sea Inside celebrates freedom and explores the profundity of love.   Claudia Puig, USA TODAY

Sensitively portrayed by Javier Bardem, Ramón regards his life in the wake of a crippling accident in his mid-20’s as a cruel, cosmic joke. In his imagination, he is still as he was before: a Zorba-like force of nature who once sailed the world . . .”The Sea Inside” presents a teasing paradox. Unambiguously pro-euthanasia on one hand, it shows how Ramón, bedridden and unable to move, infused many of those around him with a charged sense of life’s possibility.   Stephen Holden,  NEW YORK TIMES

. . .WITTY, SHARP, EMOTIONALLY RESTRAINED . . . A wide-ranging work of tremendous insight, maturity and humanity. . .    Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer

Director: Alejandro Amenabar

Javier Bardem               Belén Rueda
Lola Dueñas               Mabel Rivera
Celso Bugallo               Clara Segura
Joan Dalmau               Alberto Jimenez
Tamar Novas               Francesc Garrido

Spanish Language Awards:
2005 Academy Award®: Best Foreign Language Film
2005 Academy Award®: Best Makeup nominee
2005 Independent Spirit Awards®: Best Foreign Film
2005 Golden Globe Awards: Best Foreign Language Film
2005 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actor in a Motion Picture

NOTE: On Jan. 12, 1998, the 55-year-old Sampedro ended his life by drinking cyanide in an elaborately planned ritual that was videotaped and shown on Spanish television. His assisted suicide involved 10 collaborators, in addition to a cameraman. Each participant in the step-by-step process contributed to the ritual without having enough knowledge of the process to be legally indicted for murder. After his death, hundreds of supporters of his cause wrote letters, confessing to having aided and abetted him.



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