The Sea Inside
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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.
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Several years ago I ran onto the movie on TV and was entranced by Javier Bardem's portrayal of the real life Ramon Sampedro, who fought for his rights to a dignified death after his diving accident. Having never seen Javier Bardem before, this made me a fan of his and have watched and own many of his movies. I wish I could have the ones he made in Spain or the Gran Canarias .
Having come from a long line of performers he is a born cameleon and can slide into many things on screen that many an actor cannot, such as the baldness and bedridden quadraplegic nuances. His writings (Sampedro's) that were penned with his teeth and a long pen to paper at his beside, that were said to be more beautifully scripted than regular handwriting, as told by his attorney was truly a great feat, long and tedious. He filled his time productively and his works live on.
Looking at the real Sampedro and Bardem one can see such a beautifully nuanced likeness in their looks.
"An elegant suicide is the ultimate work of art"
But on second viewing, I found myself far more deeply moved, while still being intellectually challenged by the moral, emotional and ethical complexity of the story of a brilliant quadriplegic man with much to give the world wanting to die. Bardem gives a truly heartbreaking, world class performance, and is closely matched by those around him. Director Amenabar also wrote the score for his own film and it is terrific and original. Throughout, there were stylish touches that gave me a visceral shiver. A few simplistic scenes, and slower moments keep me from calling it a perfect film, but it's not far off.