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The Sea Inside (2004)The Sea Inside (2004)

The Sea Inside (2004)

Javier Bardem delivers a stellar performance as a quadriplegic struggling for the right to end his life.

Drama

best
THE VERY BEST

9.0

movie

France, Italy

Galician, Spanish

Dark, Depressing, Discussion-sparking

2004

Alejandro Amenábar

Alberto Amarilla, Alberto Jiménez, Alberto Jiménez

125 min

Synopsis

The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. It is the story of 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.

Our Take

9.0
Astrid

There are movies that leave you matured after you finished watching. You mature because you are forced to walk in someone’s shoes and confront yourself with issues that you are not affected by. The Sea Inside is one of those movies –⁠ and won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for it. Directed by Alejandro Amenábar, who you might know as the director of The Others, it tells the true story of Ramón Sampedro’s decade-long fight for the right to end his own life. After he became quadriplegic after a diving accident, he was confined to the same bed in the same room for 26 years, except when he visited the hospital. Not an easy subject to say the least but Amenábar helps the fascinating story along with stylish directing, while Javier Bardem delivers a stellar performance to go with it. Thanks also to Ramón Sampedro’s sunny real-life nature, this heart-wrenching watch also has plenty of uplifting moments.

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