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The Sea Inside (2005)

Javier Bardem , Belen Rueda , Alejandro Amenabar  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Javier Bardem, Belen Rueda, Lola Duenas, Francesco Garrido
  • Directors: Alejandro Amenabar
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 17, 2005
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00080Z53O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,793 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Sea Inside" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Deleted scenes
  • Behind-the-scenes documentary: A Trip to the Sea Inside
  • Storyboards
  • Photo and set design galleries
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

Academy Award nominee Javier Bardem (Before Night Falls) delivers a powerful and sensitive portrayal of a quadriplegic who fights to win the right to end his life with dignity. Based on a true story.

DVD Features:Audio Commentary:Director CommentaryDeleted Scenes:Documentaries:"A trip to The Sea Inside" Making-ofStoryboards:Theatrical Trailer:


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112 of 116 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate opting out December 10, 2004
The rule of thumb is that Life is preferable to Death. But, on your mental scale, what value judgement would tip the balance towards the latter? THE SEA INSIDE is a forceful, emotive and sympathetic examination of assisted suicide. It's not a film for those seeking the usual Saturday afternoon pabulum of Hollywood escapism. And for those that believe that opting out of Life is never an option, it will likely be infuriating.

In a Oscar-worthy performance, Javier Bardem plays Ramón Sampedro, the Spanish poet who became a quadriplegic at age 26 when he dove into shallow waters and broke his cervical spine. In THE SEA INSIDE, it's now almost three decades later, and Sampedro is spending the last two years of his life petitioning the conservative Spanish government for the right to die with dignity via an assisted suicide. The film is an extraordinarily well acted piece by all members of the cast.

The family that cares for Ramón 24/7 includes his older brother José (Celso Bugallo), his brother's wife Manuela (Mabel Rivera), his father Germán (Alberto Jimenéz), and his nephew Javi (Tamar Novas). Besides the dedicated Manuela, who loves Ramón like a son, there are three other extraordinary women in his life: Julia (Belén Rueda, in her acting debut), the lawyer who handles Sampedro's legal case and who has a secret of her own, Gené (Clara Segura), the representative of a national right-to-die organization, and Rosa (Lola Dueñas), the single, working mother of two that just stopped in to say hello to the invalid and ends up adoring him. Indeed, the large number of caring females in Sampedro's stunted life yields perhaps the film's only trace of humor.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film. March 31, 2005
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Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film of 2004, The Sea Inside is a fact-based story of Ramón Sampedro, a quadriplegic man who petitions the Spanish government for his right to die. Without the use of his body for 27 years, Sampedro desires above all else the right to be euthanized. His story is taken on by an association that goes by the name of "Die with Dignity" which is how he has a voice in court.

The story begins as a lawyer comes to Ramón to learn his story. She has taken the case pro bono to get his wish to die granted by the courts. This is the first person we see him encounter that tries to understand him; she is not the last.

Through these meetings we see how truly remarkeable Sampedro really is. We see the devices he has invented to assist him in his situation. We see the poetry his heart has poured out over the years. We are party to conversations in which he explains life and freedom of choice, he talks of a future he hopes not to have. Every person he communicates with is so deeply moved by him; it is humbling to see the effect one man may have on others.

Director Alejandro Amenábar (Open Your Eyes, The Others) brings to life this story of a man enslaved to his body. The movie is set in the house Ramón refuses to leave, though we see incredible landscape shots and are taken on an amazing ride as Sampedro jumps out of his two story window and flies all the way to the beach. Through his eyes we see how he lingers over the blue-green water. To this former sailor, the sea represents that which gave him life and ultimately took it away.

The only thing worse than your son dying before you...is him wanting to.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
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With his outsize facial features and unremitting soulfulness, Javier Bardem is a supremely adroit actor, who reminds me quite a bit of a mid-century Anthony Quinn in that they share chameleonic abilities and earthy charisma. As he proved with his stunning portrayal of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas in 2001's "Before Night Falls", Bardem can bring resonance to a real-life character and imbue him with a palpable humanistic spirit. In this film, he plays quadriplegic Ramón Sampedro, who traveled the world in his youth as a seaman and then suffered a tragic dive off a cliff which left him paralyzed. For thirty years, Sampedro's brother and sister-in-law took care of him on their farm in Galicia, and his one unresolved wish is to die with dignity rather than face another day not being able to move anything more than his head. The controversial issue of euthanasia has been addressed numerous times, most recently in Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby". It continues to be a hot topic stateside, but perhaps because of its Spanish perspective, director/writer Alejandro Amenábar has fashioned a story that seems less issue-oriented and more about how Sampedro infused those around him with a transformative sense of life's possibility. There is something quite profound about this subtly observed irony, and Amenábar, along with co-writer Mateo Gil, seems intent on challenging us to share Sampedro's single-minded perspective while empathizing with the increasing grief his loved ones feel for his approaching loss. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best movie, not the worst
I watched this movie because I'm learning Spanish and I always see it on lists like "top 5 Spanish films of all time". Read more
Published 5 days ago by Anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars INSIGHT INTO "INSIDE"
I am a quadriplegic and so this movie is of special interest to me. I think it portrays well many of the feelings and frustrations experienced by quads. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Judith R. Mohrhauser
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
Unha película cun universo dentro. A film with a universe inside. Unha historia dramática e inesquecible. An unforgettable story. Lar Atlantis
Published 1 month ago by OSCAR FERNANDEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars very touching movie
Inspiring movie. Sad but inspiring. it makes you think about all the things you have and take for granted. Watch it!
Published 2 months ago by PR_Sea_ Breeze
5.0 out of 5 stars Excelente
Tremenda pelicula para uso en mi salon de clases. fue lo,que esperaba excelente articulo la entrega fue rapida y realmente cumplio con mis espectativa. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Fernando Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see sometime in your life
I cried so much watching this movie, it made me understand how much my mom was suffering, although she was not in the same situation she had suffered a devasting stroke that robbed... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Patricia Diaz-Govea
5.0 out of 5 stars A movie that everybody should see
Amazing movie!! This is a story that everybody should see. Very moving... leaves you breathless. And Javier Bardem is simply magnificent. Incredible actor.
Published 4 months ago by G.L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Javier Bardem gives a knockout performance
Javier is an amazing actor and his range is really on full display in this movie. This story touches upon our basic desire to live life as we see fit.
Published 4 months ago by YMK222
3.0 out of 5 stars Could see, Don't buy. . .
I love Javier Bardem (that's why I bought the movie), but this movie, in general, doesn't require your attention to understand it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joshua Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars THE SEA INSIDE MOVIE
I had seen this movie before in an analysis setting and I wanted to own it to see it again.
Published 5 months ago by D.D Allen
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