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This sort of movie isn't my thing at all. Normally these dramas are
draped in fake sentiment and it leaves me feeling very queasy to say
the least. However, I found myself with high hopes for this one because
it's directed by one of today's best new directors; Alejandro Amenábar,
and after seeing his debut; Tesis, along with the follow-up's Open Your
Eyes and The Others, it's obvious that this man knows his stuff. For a
movie that deals with the subject of euthanasia, you've got to expect a
degree of sentiment; and this movie certainly has more just a degree of
it, but the sentiment is never overdone and Amenábar never looks like
he's manipulating the audience into the plight of the protagonist. This
is the difference between this film; one told by a talented auteur, and
the rush of sentiment dramas helmed by auteur's who are less than
talented. Amenábar simply presents the plight, gives you a wealth of
viewpoints, and it is then up to you to make your mind up about what
you think. When it comes to the genuinely touching moments, therefore,
we care because we WANT to care, and not because the movie is being
forced down our throats.
The story is that of Ramón Sampedro, a real-life Spanish man who fought a 30-year campaign for the right to end his life. As you would expect from a story of this nature, the film raises many questions about the value of life and whether it is worth living a life without dignity. The film plays out with a real life-affirming vigour, and there are several instances in the film that really will make you think. If a film can make you look at your own life and get you thinking about important issues, it's obvious that it's doing something right. The film is very bleak in it's approach, but this is offset by the uplifting way that we are able to see the character. Even though his biggest wish is to end his life; we get behind him, and wanting our hero to die is a strange situation for an audience to be in. Javier Bardem gives a great performance as the unfortunate victim, and he heads a very believable cast of actors that give it their all and help to make the film the success that it is. Despite the greatness of this movie, I really would like to see Amenábar return to horror-thrillers for his next flick; but at least he's proved that he can do other types of films too.
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OK, I didn't see this movie until the weekend before the Oscars (thanks
to a DVD courtesy of Sogecable, one of the enterprises which produced
the Sea Inside. And, now, I think that it was a pity that I hadn't see
it before. It has a tremendous directing(chapeau!, for Mr Amenábar),
great, great,great acting(of every member of the cast, specially,
Bardem, Dueñas, Mabel Ribera and Joan Dalmau), and a wonderful use of
music (The pieces played by Carlos Nuñez made me feel that I was there,
and the same could be said of that magic use of Puccini's ''Nessun
Dorma'', and Luz Casal's ''Negra Sombra'')
And now, we enter in spoiler zone, so, read it at your own risk.... . .. ..... .....
My favorite scenes where: the one in which Ramón dreams that he flies and goes to the beach to meet Julia , and the scene in which Ramón says Goodbye to her sister-in-law and to her nephew (I cried a lot in that) .....
A movie worth watching, that won't leave you indifferent
Thinking of the movie as a question poser is a wrong perspective, the
way I see it. Mainly because what makes it different and like worthy
are storytelling and characters as well as Amenabar's mastery of camera
and sound, not the subject being debated.
A definite gem is the film's title. So conclusive yet elusive in its nature, that it can but ignite a spark of interest. Mar Adentro, or The Sea Inside, is a strikingly poetic title, that doesn't only reveal part of the essence of life, but also part of its protagonist, played breathtakingly impressive by Javier Bardem.
The film itself, despite being a film about death, is filled with life - an amazing paradox which elevates it past melodramatic puddles. Few things are more beautiful than seeing some of the contemporary Spanish and South American film directors at work: on one side of the barricade such as Almodovar and Cuaron, on the other Innaritu. Different styles, with Amenabar reaching toward the first two.
First of all I must say that Alejandro Amenábar is one of my favorite
directors, so my assessment can be affected by this. But nevertheless,
Thesis was such a nice movie with great story and plot, so was The
Others with unforgettable Nicole Kidman, and now comes here his last
movie. When you are watching it, you are living through Ramon's life,
you feel everything what he feels and sense what he senses. This
excellent movie is about understanding others, their opinions and their
solicitude. And in the end you will be just sitting and through your
mind will flow many thoughts, which will change your point of view in
the world of a simple, but extraordinary man. Ramón Sampedro.
Really worth watching... (10/10)
I saw this film in my writing class. Before I continue, I'd like to
state that I'm undecided on assisted suicide, my review is not a
bigoted review made to attack the movie for its message.
The reason I dislike this film is that it is very smug especially the ending of the film. I felt that it was made to belittle others who disagree with assisted suicide. A film with a strong political message needs sympathetic characters on both sides. Ramon, the main character, is not very sympathetic in my opinion. I found that he was very snotty and ungrateful for other people (Rosa, his brother). If he really wants to be respected for his opinion, the least he could do is to respect the opinions of other people.
I feel that the film forces the main character on the viewers instead of allowing him to prove himself alone. Yes, it's great to have a likable main character, but this movie just overdoes it. Ramon is never wrong and Ramon never pays for his rude behavior. In fact, it seems as if everyone is apologizing to him for his rude comments.
The film was a good idea, but it just didn't work for me.
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I always try to to be objective when I watch a movie, regardless of my
point of view and what I believe. This film deals with an important
topic, delicate, in my humble opinion with great delicacy, and
objectivity, without falling into banality or in rhetoric.. Javier B.
gives a remarkable performance, touching, funny, fickle, difficult to
play a role as her, to be honest. Heartbreaking letter to his son, I
have the words that he uses to explain the pain he feels in not being
able to move. The director goes on all fronts: the writer friend who
change your mind, where fear makes it so human, although to be so
contrary equal to him, Rose loves without asking anything in return,
because it is this love, the brother in order not to lose it comes to
trying to hate him, and father torn by grief that he could not do
anything .... You stop to think about "I, what would I do?" I think
it's an answer that you can not ever give ... .. The movie I liked a
lot, I cried If you can watch it, leaving aside personal opinions, you
will not regret and a good movie.
Sorry for Bad English
The Sea Inside is the true story of a paraplegic who fights for the
right to die.
Despite the depressing subject matter this is an often uplifting story. There are plenty of comedic moments that stop seeming a gloomy tale at all. Javier Bardem is brilliant as the paraplegic Ramon. He doesn't play for pity and Ramon comes across as a likable and funny guy who happens to be left in a position he just cannot cope with. Although sympathetic to his character Bardem isn't afraid to also portray other sides to his character. This makes it more real and means the audience can identify with the character.
The supporting cast are great and I especially liked the performance of Lola Duenas as the lonely woman looking to befriend him.
The ending is handled well and very emotional so get the hankies ready. I rarely watch films again within a year of watching them the first time but I couldn't help watch it again a couple of months later.
For those that don't mind subtitles and enjoy some quality emotional drama this is a real treat.
The Sea Inside is a fact based story of ship mechanic Ramon Sampedro
(Javier Bardem) who has spent close to 30 years fighting to earn the
right to die with dignity after he was rendered a quadriplegic
following a diving accident.
One thing that's refreshing about this film is that it didn't feel like a heavy-handed propaganda piece; this film basically just gives the audience an account and also an insight into Ramon's life (post accident). To me the film never felt manipulative, preachy, or sappy and for the most part we're just observing Ramon explaining why he wants to end his life. The screenplay is written in such a way that we're given perspectives from individuals who both support Ramon and are against Ramon, but again neither aspect is heavy-handed and it's all just very beautiful as a whole.
The dream sequences provide us with some very impressive visuals, but they also exist to develop Ramon's character; here we have a man whose body is trapped, but his mind is very much free. If we stick with character development then one could also say that it was a good move to give us a bit of back story for Ramon - we're not given much, but there's enough given to make us emotionally involved.
Another benefit of good character development and wonderful insight is that when I watched Ramon I didn't pity him as a person, but I pitied his predicament. I can't imagine what it must be like to lead an active life and then to find yourself bed bound and unable to move for 20 odd years. Although the film has pro and anti Euthanasia perspectives throughout its running time, it never over does either aspect and it will certainly leaves the viewer with a lot to think about when the film ends.
If you've got an open mind then this is well worth checking out.
The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro (Javier Bardem), who
fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right
to die. The film explores Ramón's relationships with two women: Julia,
a lawyer suffering from Cadasil syndrome, who supports his cause, and
Rosa, a local woman who wants to convince him that life is worth
The film is directed by Alejandro Amenábar, who had previously made "Open Your Eyes" and "The Others". This is clearly the most critically acclaimed of the three, but there is no denying that he was consistently releasing great films.
"The Sea Inside" won the 2004 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the 2004 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, and 14 Goya Awards. Well deserved, and further pushing Javier Bardem into the role of international star.
Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem) became a quadriplegic and ends up
battling for the right to die in Spain for 30 years. Julia (Belén
Rueda) is a lawyer who helps him in this fight and they fall in love.
He befriends Rosa (Lola Dueñas) with her kids. She wants him to live.
It's a biopic from director Alejandro Amenábar. I love the scenes where Ramón argue with Padre Francisco. Those scenes are electric. It's a movie that needs the conflicts. Javier Bardem is stationary most of the time and it's harder to generate physical energy. He does do some imaginary sequences where he gets up and even flies. They don't really excite me as much. This movie reminds me very much of "Whose Life Is It Anyway?" I wish there are more anger and more conflicts in the movie.
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