The Sea Inside - Mar adentro (2004)
IMDb Rating 8.0
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Javier Bardem Ramón Sampedro
Belén Rueda Julia
Lola Dueñas Rosa
Mabel Rivera Manuela Sampedro
Celso Bugallo José Sampedro
Clara Segura Gené
Joan Dalmau Joaquín
Alberto Jiménez Germán
Tamar Novas Javier Sampedro
Francesc Garrido Marc
Lola Duenas
Alberto Jimenez
Belen Rueda
Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of 2004, The Sea Inside is a life-affirming film about a man who wishes to die. That may seem like a massive contradiction, but in the hands of director Alejandro Amenábar (Open Your Eyes, The Others) and actor Javier Bardem (Before Night Falls), this fact-based Spanish drama concerns the final days of Ramón Sampedro, the quadriplegic poet who waged a controversial campaign for his right to die. He was denied this right for 30 years, and ultimately arranged for his own assisted suicide, but this remarkable film--and Bardem's keenly intelligent performance--examines the hotly-debated issue of assisted suicide with admirable depth and humanity, just as Sampedro did until his death in 1998. For Sampedro, death was preferable to severe paralysis (he even refused to use a wheelchair), but the film does not suggest a "disposable" attitude toward disability. Instead, it's a thoughtful meditation on life and love as gifts to be cherished, and a challenging drama that begs each viewer to examine their own personal beliefs about what makes life worth living. You may not agree with Sampedro and his ultimate denial of life, but The Sea Inside will urge you to ponder how you would react under similar circumstances, and that makes it a profoundly meaningful film. --Jeff Shannon
Movie Details
Genre Biography; Drama; Foreign
Director Alejandro Amenábar; Alejandro Amenabar
Producer Fernando Bovaira; Alejandro Amenabar
Writer Alejandro Amenábar; Mateo Gil
Studio Warner Bros.
Country Spain
Language Spanish
Audience Rating PG-13
Running Time 125 mins
Movie Release Date 11/14/2004
Color Color
Personal Details
Format DVD
Seen It Yes
Index 572
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 1/30/2006
Product Details
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 794043784026
Release Date 5/17/2005
Subtitles English; Spanish
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks SPANISH: Dolby Digital 5.0
SPANISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Deleted Scenes
Documentaries : A Trip to The Sea Inside
Director Commentary, Storyboards, Photo And Set Design Galleries
Theatrical Trailer
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