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½ February 1, 2014
Javier Bardem is Ramon Sampedro, a quadriplegic who after 28 years of "hell," is desperately seeking the aid of friends, strangers and the court to help end his life. A group called Dying with Dignity enters and begins the tasking job of starting a petition for Ramon, which once passed, would inevitably give Ramon an assisted death. But all is not so simple, and his journey towards ultimate liberation seems to be far out of reach. His voice and story reach far and wide, and through mutual pain and loss, Ramon befriends a trio of women who all in their own ways, love him unconditionally. Who loves him deepest is left to be seen."The Sea Inside" is an important and well made film about one's desire for death amidst so much love. Some don't understand his feelings, while others do; and then there are those who only wish for Ramon to be happy and burden free. Though the film's central notions are secularized around Ramon's viewpoint of "dying with dignity," Alejandro Amenabar does a great job of instilling the viewer with each of these thoughts and then letting you decide for yourself. The actors all did a great job, especially Bardem and Lola Duenas as Rosa. There were very vivid daydream sequences that I must admit felt and looked the same way it does when you fly in a dream. The film isn't perfect however, and there were a couple lines(strong ones at that) that should have been placed separately in the film; a scene with a chasing boy didn't work as well as it should have, mainly because it was bound to happen. All in all, "The Sea Inside" was an honest and daring depiction of a man's quest for death.
December 31, 2013
Beautiful & tough film to watch but definitely interesting for the unusual subject it deals with.
December 28, 2013
Supremely well acted, thoughtful and an emotional insight into the mind of a man who wishes to die.
December 25, 2013
The true story of Ramon Sampedro, a quadriplegic from Galicia in Spain, who spent around a quarter of a century confined to his bed and desperately seeking a death with dignity. There is a lot of genuine humanity in the story itself that comes across as a potent drama that nevertheless deals with a delicate and current issue in the most tasteful and touching of ways. The Sea Inside is directed well by Amenábar but also works because of Bardem's powerful performance in the lead role that the film has a great emotional impact.
December 10, 2013
It is a well balanced and strong hearted experience filled with terrific acting
November 12, 2013
Learning to Cry with a Smile!
October 30, 2013
A sensible and brave view about life and death.
October 21, 2013
Javier Bardem es demaciado para mi
October 20, 2013
Una película muy hermosa. Tan triste. Me hizo tan triste. Pero una bella historia y una genial actuación de Javier Bardem.
½ October 10, 2013
Rarely has any film so focused on death felt so vibrantly alive. Garden deserves an Oscar for that role.
Super Reviewer
September 24, 2013
For some reason, a cinematic trend exists where there are multiple films based on true stories about people confined to beds or other limiting situations, and their inspiring stories of overcoming their predicaments. There's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly which looked at locked-in syndrome, and the dude learning to communicate solely by blinking; with The Sessions, a bed-ridden poet crippled by polio fights to lose his virginity, and, then there is this film, which looks at the nearly thirty year struggle of Ramon Sampedro to fight for his right to die with dignity after being paralyzed thanks to a diving accident.

For all I know, there could be more of these films. And of these three, this one is probably my least favorite.

Don't get me wrong, this is a good movie, and I really enjoyed it, but I found it to be somewhat underwhelming, and a bit hard to get invested in, or at least compared to the other two I mentioned.

I did like though, that even though the film tackles a controversial subject (euthanasia), Ramon is selfish about it in that he's fighting only for HIS personal right to die with dignity instead of becoming the champion for a cause. Well, I mean, his efforts could be looked at as the basis for a larger campaign, but it's basically just a personal crusade.

The argument for both sides of the issue is addressed, and even some of Ramon's family and close associates don't necessarily agree with him, yet they still look out for him and help care for him, and that's really something.

There are some moments that are truly visually striking, but, unlike The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, this one is less focused on innovative ways to portray the situation, and is primarily a showcase for acting.

And this is where the film is the strongest. Javier Bardem gives easily one of his best performances as Ramon. He spends most of the time in old man makeup and in a bed, but that's no easy task as he's not really able to move on his own besides his head and face a little bit. It's definitely a strong and inspiring performance, but the supporting cast are also quite strong, though this is clearly Bardem's film.

Given the subject matter, you'd think this would be a pretty heavy and serious film, and yeah, for the most part it is. However, it's not completely depressing, and there's a fair amount of humor, which surprised me. Of course, someone in Ramon's situation probably needs to develop some sort of sense of humor to cope, so I shouldn't be that surprised. But still, it was unexpected just how wickedly (and morbidly) funny this guy is.

The film is slightly preachy, but overall let's the viewer decide for themselves what is supposedly right or wrong. Granted, the film does ultimately take a side, but that's not really the point. This is primarily a personal journey, and a reflection of trying to make the most of life despite certain circumstances, even if that means spending that time trying to die because that's what personally seems like the best course of action.

August 19, 2013
Javier Bardem is amazing.
August 15, 2013
My Favorite Film Is 1941's Citizen Kane.
July 15, 2013
"Mar Adentro" é, sem sombra de dúvidas, um dos melhores vencedores do Óscar de "Melhor Filme Estrangeiro" desde os anos 2000 até os dias de hoje.
E porque isto? Primeiro de tudo por contar uma belíssima e comovente história. Segundo por ter Javier Bardem em uma interpretação principal bárbara! Terceiro por ter uma das cenas mais fantásticas que eu já vi em toda (Isto mesmo: toda!) história do cinema (A cena em que Bardem se levanta da cama da qual permaneceu deitado por vinte oito anos e voa janela à fora em direção ao mar)! O belíssimo roteiro escrito por Mateo Gil com a ajuda do diretor do filme Alejandro Amenábar, é um roteiro que opta pela simplicidade e que não busca mostrar que apenas a vida do personagem de Bardem (que ficou tetraplégico após dar um mergulho de cabeça no mar) é um drama interminável - a personagem Rosa, vivida pela encantadora Lola Dueñas, busca na amizade de Ramón (Bardem) uma forma de refúgio para as desgraças de sua vida e também logo acabamos descobrindo que Julia (Belén Rueda, que interpreta a advogada de Ramón) é portadora de uma doença terminal. Isso é o que mais me agradou no roteiro do filme: todos os personagens (todos mesmo!) sofrem com algum tipo de problema, o que tornou a trama mais real. Se os roteiristas houvessem optado explorar apenas o drama da vida de tetraplégico de Ramón, com certeza o filme não seria o mesmo e com absoluta certeza acabaria tornando-se um tipo de drama que têm como objetivo principal o melodrama.
Foi com o comovente roteiro e com as fantásticas atuações que Mar Adentro se tornou um dos melhores filmes estrangeiros que já vi. É um filme que certamente não irei esquecer tão cedo - não apenas pelas dezenas de vezes que irei re-assisti-lo futuramente, mas também por ter uma história tão comovente que me fez ficar com lágrimas nos olhos durante o seguimento de toda a película. Faço questão de listá-lo como um dos filmes mais belos e mais tocantes que já assisti em minha vida!
July 5, 2013
One of my favorite movies.
June 15, 2013
One does not simply miss this film. Javier Bardem plays his role with sufficient dash of melodrama and finesse. Alejandro Amenábar's direction captures the entirety of the storyline. Yes, it brings much focus to the protagonist but it does not left the other characters to the sidelines. Well-written screenplay. Exceptional performances from Lola Dueñas and Tamar Novas. It is disappointing that Bardem wasn't nominated for the Best Actor tilt in the Academy Awards. Winning 14 Goya Awards and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, The Sea Inside (2004) is not only a heart-wrenching story of life and the lack thereof. More so, it is a story of how life should be lived despite one's unfaltering decision to willfully die (*insert classic arguments on euthanasia here*) Beyond doubt, a must-watch. :)
June 14, 2013
An awesome movie that makes one think about the real meaning of life. Sad but obvious ending.
June 5, 2013
Javier Bardem's performance along with the film's subtle, melodramatic, humorous nature is enough to make this film a must-see.
May 18, 2013
A very sad tale and a beautiful movie, but I wish he had not choose death but at least he got what he wanted even if the dumb government would not allow it.
April 29, 2013
It could have flatlined -- a feel-good foreign-language disability drama more concerned with getting an audience than turning them on with ugly truths. But like Amenabar's excellent horror movie "The Others", "The Sea Inside" doesn't go for cheap shots. Melodrama, yes. Family, too, and indulgences and guilt. It mostly fits. Bardem's performance is what ultimately sells "Sea", but the film is smart in that rather than stop at being an intense acting showcase Bardem and Amenabar not only let us see inside Sampedro, but also trust there's something to take away in how we can never exactly feel him.
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