The Sea Inside Movie Review 2004

Information and Film Reviews for The Sea Inside the Movie

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Poignant, unsentimental, fact-based drama based on the life of Spanish quadriplegic Ramon Sampedro, who tried for some 30 years for the right to commit assisted suicide. Paralyzed in a diving accident, Ramon (Bardem) becomes a cause celebre as he lies bedridden, cared for by his religious family who are opposed to his decision. He builds his case with the help of his lawyer Julia (Rueda), who suffers herself from a degenerative disease. Ramon also inspires Rosa (Duenas), a neighbor who tries to convince the single-minded man to live and then falls in love with him. Bardem does an amazing job since, except for some brief flashbacks and fantasies, his movement is limited to his neck and head. The real Sampedro wrote poetry and a best-selling memoir, gave numerous interviews, and filmed his assisted suicide (in 1998) so it could be shown on TV. Spanish with subtitles.


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Available on DVD
Running time 125 minutes.

Cast and Crew

True Stories, Physical Problems, Spain, Suicide, Politics, Law & Lawyers
Alejandro Amenabar, Mateo Gil
Javier Bardem, Celso Bugallo, Jose Maria Pou, Belen Rueda, Lola Duenas, Mabel Rivera, Clara Segura, Joan Dalmau, Alberto Jimenez, Tamar Novas, Francesc Garrido
Javier Aguirresarobe
Alejandro Amenabar
Alejandro Amenabar
Ricardo Steinberg, Alejandro Amenabar, Benjamin Fernandez
Fernando Bovaira, Sogecine, Himenoptero, A Warner Sogefilms


Oscars 2004: Foreign Film; Golden Globes 2005: Foreign Film; Ind. Spirit 2005: Foreign Film.

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