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The Sea Inside (2004)

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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ramón Sampedro
... Julia
... Rosa
... Manuela
... José
... Gené
... Joaquín
Alberto Jiménez ... Germán
Tamar Novas ... Javi
... Marc
... Padre Francisco (as José María Pou)
... Hermano Andrés
... Santiago
Federico Pérez Rey ... Conductor
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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Rated PG-13 for intense depiction of mature thematic material | See all certifications »

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4 March 2005 (USA)  »

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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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Javier Bardem recalls the scene where his character and Rosa (Lola Dueñas) are watching the sunset as one of the most magical moments of his career, because somehow they were so into the characters that were able to forget the crew and just be in the moment. See more »

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

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Così fan tutte - Soave sia il vento
Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performed by Orquesta Sinfónica de Radio Televisión Española (as Orquesta de Radio Televisión Española)
Tenor: José Manuel Zapata
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The core moral question
21 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

Many more eloquent reviews than this have described the quite spectacular acting, casting and styling of this film. It appears that the only negative reviews focus on a perceived imbalance in the film's handling of the core moral question (euthanasia).

This film is, bar the final scenes, meticulous in stressing Ramon's belief that he's not making some grand point but merely that, for him, a life devoid of dignity is a life not worth living. We, as viewers, see an enormous amount of dignity in his life - we see family and friends and culture and, but for its physical limitations, a life fully lived. Central to the tragedy of this film is that there is really only one person who thinks that Ramon's life is not worth living - and that is him.

To watch this film and say that the only counter argument comes from the visit of a bumbling priest is a nonsense. The priest's visit is pure farce, a direct assault on the simplicity of the Spanish Catholic Church's response to the issue of euthanasia. However, the sister's parting words to the priest momentarily expose the powerful 'pro-life' sentiments quietly underpinning the entire film. We are constantly encouraged to see the hope and the beauty of a life lived with love. As the film progresses, we may gradually be encouraged to understand Ramon's reasoning but we are never reconciled to his decision.

I do not remember a film which moved me and provoked me as much as this.


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