The Sea Inside

Posted 2005-11-07 @ 10:15:26 In articles > reviews

It must be really difficult to make a movie about euthanasia without making it really depressing. Before watching this movie I read reviews that said it was an uplifting movie, Iím not sure that I agree.

The Sea Inside tells the story of Ramón Sampedro (played by Javier Bardem) who has been confined to his bed for over 25 years and his campaign to end his life. The movie is quite frustrating as he tries to convince the government to let someone help him to die. He has no use of his arms or legs and cannot kill himself.

What astounds me is that someone that is confined to his bed and never gets to leave his room has two women fall in love with him. I think this should be the new method of dating. Stay at home and don’t speak to anyone but your own family and the women/men will flock to your bedside. This may sound callous but Ramón never takes himself too seriously and I therefore feel no guilt in making fun of his situation.

There is this amazing moment in the movie where Ramón fantasises about flying out of his bedroom window to the beach where he meets woman-in-love-with-him-number-one and they kiss and caress each other. This scene is particularly painful to watch as it is clear that Ramón will never have this opportunity except within his fantasies. I cried at this moment, and many others.

I will not give away the ending (he dies) but I will say that it ends the way it should. I’m not sure whether I found it to be manipulative or genuinely touching. I don’t often cry in movies (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it) but I spent about the last half hour with tissues stuffed up my nose.


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