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The Sea Inside (2004)

Mar adentro (original title)
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The factual story of Spaniard Ramon Sampedro, who fought a thirty-year campaign in favor of euthanasia and his own right to die.

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Alejandro Amenábar (screenplay), Mateo Gil (screenplay)
Won 1 Oscar. Another 67 wins & 36 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Bardem ... Ramón Sampedro
Belén Rueda ... Julia
Lola Dueñas ... Rosa
Mabel Rivera ... Manuela
Celso Bugallo ... José
Clara Segura ... Gené
Joan Dalmau ... Joaquín
Alberto Jiménez ... Germán
Tamar Novas ... Javi
Francesc Garrido ... Marc
Josep Maria Pou ... Padre Francisco (as José María Pou)
Alberto Amarilla ... Hermano Andrés
Andrea Occhipinti ... Santiago
Federico Pérez Rey Federico Pérez Rey ... Conductor
Nicolás Fernández Luna Nicolás Fernández Luna ... Cristian
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Storyline

Life story of Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. Film explores Ramón's relationships with two women: Julia, a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman who wants to convince him that life is worth living. Through the gift of his love, these two women are inspired to accomplish things they never previously thought possible. Despite his wish to die, Ramón taught everyone he encountered the meaning, value and preciousness of life. Though he could not move himself, he had an uncanny ability to move others. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense depiction of mature thematic material | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | France | Italy

Language:

Spanish | Catalan | Gallegan

Release Date:

4 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sea Inside See more »

Filming Locations:

A Coruña, Galicia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

€10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

€2,289,271 (Spain), 5 September 2004, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$55,681, 19 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,086,345, 15 May 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$38,535,221, 31 December 2005
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Sogepaq,Sogecine,Himenóptero See more »
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Dolby Digital EX | DTS-ES

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This was the most awarded Spanish movie at the Goya Awards, winning 14 of the 15 awards for which it was nominated. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Gené: Relax. You're feeling calmer and calmer. Now imagine a movie screen, opening before you. On it, imagine your favorite place. Concentrate on your breathing, allowing your whole body to relax, to feel at peace. Keep it going. Just let it come and go... come and go... Now you are there. Notice the details: the colors, the textures, the light, the temperature. Feel the temperature. Let this tranquil scene unfold before you. The sensation of peace is infinite.
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Connections

Featured in The 20th IFP Independent Spirit Awards (2005) See more »

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Prelude to the Act 3
from "Tristan und Isolde"
Written by Richard Wagner
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Sensitive Drama About a Polemic Theme
27 January 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Spain, the former sailor Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem) has been quadriplegic for twenty-eight years and is fighting in court for his right of practicing euthanasia through an association that defends the freedom of choice and leaded by his friend Géne (Clara Segura). Ramón is introduced to the lawyer that is defending his cause, Julia (Belén Rueda), who has a degenerative fatal disease; and meets Rosa (Lola Dueñas), a lonely worker that has been abused by men. Their relationship changes the behavior and viewpoint of life of Rosa and Julia.

The Chilean Alejandro Amenábar is, in my opinion, one of the best contemporary directors. His filmography released in Brazil is composed by excellent and original movies: "Abre Los Ojos", "Tesis", "The Others" and "Mar Adentro". Javier Bardem is probably the best actor in Spain in the present days. Their association produced this sensitive drama about a very polemic theme, the right of committing euthanasia. This drama is never corny or depressive, since the screenplay uses humor as a relieve valve in the most dramatic situations. The performances of the cast are perfect, with characters having and defending different positions regarding this unpleasant theme. The dialogs and lines are very solid and intelligent. I noted in IMDb plot outline that this movie is based on the real-life story of Ramón Sampedro. Unfortunately, neither the movie nor the DVD gives this important information. My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "Mar Adentro" ("Sea Inside")


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