The Sea Inside details
|Starring:||Lola Duenas, Belen Rueda, Javier Bardem|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema - Spanish|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
The Sea Inside
|Run time:||2 hours 1 minute|
|Rental release:||27 Jun 2005|
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UpliftingBy Hazel from Camberwell, London , 22 Feb 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]Ramon was injured in a diving accident 28 years before the start of the movie, and he is left with no movement from his neck down. He is cared for by his family, and the film documents his mission to fulfil his desire to die. This film sensitively and boldly explores the issues surrounding euthanasia; Ramon is a charming and articulate man, who seems to lead a satisfactory life in social and intellectual terms, and the impact of his wish to die is a heavy burden for those who care for him.
I was surprised by how funny, wise and beautiful this film is; it is a strong advocate for the right to choose rather than the right to die. The most striking and memorable moment of this film is when he fantasizes about flying over the hills to the beach; inspired by Nessan Dorma, he is transported beyond his confinning physical condition.
This is an extremely moving cinema experience, and manages to think about death without being depressing. I would strongly recommend this film for its fabulous acting, intelligent subject and piercing characterisation.
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A heartwarming watchBy a customer , 12 Mar 2013A lovely film, nicely drawn characters. The sort of film you might expect to be boring and a bit depressing. Instead, an engaging watch without being soppy or angry. For us it was more about the relationships between the people, and their stories, than the subject of euhtanasia. There are moments when you smile at some of things people do. I particularly liked the relationship between Ramon and his nephew.
Bardem brilliant, as usualBy a customer , 26 Dec 2012One of my favourite actors,did not disappoint in this really challenging role. Such a great insight into how it feels to live your life helpless and totally dependant on others,even to the point of needing assistance to escape when things finally became intolerable. I hope those who are responsible for making these decisions are made to watch this film!
A view from a different side.By Clowns (5 reviews) from London , 10 Apr 2012Very good, incredibly solid acting from the entire crew. Javier Bardem, is of course, brilliant and with Lola Duenas alongside the tension is beautiful.
The topic of euthanasia is of course difficult to portray in films without being over-dramatic. But what I appreciated most in this film is for once we see the family of the victim, and the issue of their distress and frustration of someone they care for and deeply love wanting to end their own life.
There is some stunning cinematography in this film, and if you watch this and not want to swim in the ocean immediately, you must have been looking the other way for the good bits.
Admittedly though, I thought it drifted a little towards the end. The characters lost a little focus and it got a little flabby before the final few scenes. This, however, does not distract from a great film with a refreshing view for a subject that is very important in modern society.
Life affirming tale promoting right to decide when to dieBy Scotwimen (21 reviews) , 26 Feb 2012
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a moving performance by Javier Bardem as well as all other actors. Loved the stoicism of his sister in law.
The story is about the individual's right to decide when to die. It is not about Euthenasia, as such, for anyone else as only really his personal experience. This is balanced by alternative views in the film. The audience can decide for themselves.
'Real' love is letting the one we love go rather than face a life without choice/dignity...
Must see!By Speilberg (6 reviews) , 03 Oct 2011Beautiful film and very sensitively portrayed. Managed to avoid clichés and challenged widely held views on the subject. The scene at the end was incredibly simple but very powerful.