The Sea Inside

The Sea Inside

Director: Alejandro Amenábar Cast: Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas

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Two of the most talented figures in contemporary Spanish cinema -- actor Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenábar -- collaborate for this powerful drama, based on a true story. Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem) was a fisherman and part-time poet who, at the age of 26, suffered an accident while diving that left him a bedridden quadriplegic. Now 54, Ramón must depend on his family to survive -- his macho brother José (Celso Bugallo), José's wife, Manuela (Mabel Rivera), and their son, Javi (Tamar Novas). While grateful to his family and friends for their help, Ramón was always an active person, and as the years wore on, he has come to see his life as frustrating and pointless and wishes to die with what remains of his dignity. José, however, is bitterly opposed to the notion of assisted suicide, and Spanish laws would implicate anyone who helped Ramón end his own life, which is something Ramón does not want to do. Through Gené (Carla Segura), a friend who works with a "Right to Die" organization, Ramón is introduced to Julia (Belen Rueda), a lawyer he hopes will help him persuade the courts to let him end his own life. Julia is dealing with her own mortality issues since being diagnosed with a degenerative disease, and Ramón hopes her condition will make her arguments more persuasive. As Ramón and Julia work together on his case and help to prepare a book of his poems for publication, Ramón finds himself falling in love with his attorney, who happens to be married, but while his infatuation gives Julia second thoughts about the case, Ramón remains convinced that the greatest gift to him would be an end to his life. Javier Bardem's performance in The Sea Inside (aka Mar Adentro) earned him the Best Actor award at the 2004 Venice Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/17/2005
UPC: 0794043784026
Original Release: 2004
Rating: PG-13
Source: New Line Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound, Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 2:05:00
Sales rank: 11,945

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; Documentary "A Trip to the Sea Inside"; Director commentary, storyboards, photo and set design galleries; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Javier Bardem Ramón Sampedro
Belén Rueda Julia
Lola Dueñas Rosa
Mabel Rivera Manuela
Celso Bugallo Jose
Clara Segura Gene
Joan Dalmau Joaquin
Alberto Jiménez German
Tamar Novas Javi
Francesc Garrido Marc
Josep Maria Pou Father Francisco
Alberto Amarilla Father Andres
Andrea Occhipinti Santiago
Federico Perez Rey Driver
Nicolas Fernandez Luna Cristian
Raul Lavisier Samuel
Xose Manuel "Pico" Olveira Judge 1
Cesar Cambeiro Judge 2
Xose Manuel Esperante Journalist 1
Yolanda Muinos Journalist 2
Adolfo Obregon Executive
José Luis Rodriguez Presentor
Julio Jordan Book Binder
Juan Manuel Vidal Ramon's Friend
Marta Larralde Girl at the Beach

Technical Credits
Alejandro Amenábar Director,Score Composer,Editor,Producer,Screenwriter
Javier Aguirresarobe Cinematographer
Jo Allen Makeup
Fernando Bovaira Producer
Benjamin Fernandez Production Designer
Manuel Garcia Makeup
Mateo Gil Screenwriter
Luis San Narciso Casting
Ricardo Steinberg Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Imagine [4:46]
2. "Why Choose Death?" [7:25]
3. "Negra Sombra" [7:00]
4. Identifying With Ramon [2:13]
5. Reflections [8:18]
6. Taking Flight [7:58]
7. Julia Falls Ill [10:00]
8. Heart to Heart With Rosa [13:22]
9. Banter With Padre Francisco [3:52]
10. Surprise Visitor [6:12]
11. Preparing for Court [8:59]
12. Justice? [9:40]
13. The Package [6:24]
14. Off to Boiro [6:38]
15. Dignity Found [8:03]
16. Out to Sea [7:12]

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A compelling movie and performance by Javier Bardem of the story of Ramon Sampedro. I show it to my upper level Spanish students and it never fails to move them. Beautifully written and carried out to tell us the story of Sampedro. Highly recommended! This movie will move you!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great film because of the raw emotion it transmits to its audience. What makes it even more worth watching is that it's based on the life of Ramon Sampedro and his struggle for a life (or death) with dignity. I have since then read Ramon Sampedro's book and am in complete awe of this beautiful emotive human being. I highly recommend this film for anyone who enjoys controversy and beauty in human struggle.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A real life testimony of a paraplejic person that shows us all the rollcoaster of emotions, his struggles, and his wonderfuls feelings about what life means to him in such a state.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was very moving with fabulous performances by each actor. Well worth your time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the finest films in recent years. Bardem's is one of the greatest of all time - period. Don't let the subject matter keep you away. This movie is deeply moving yet uplifting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago