Indie Gems: The Sea Inside

Life is a right, not an obligation.

Ramon (Javier Bardem) has been paralyzed from the neck down for the past 28 years. He longs to end his life, however the courts will not allow it without calling it a homicide. He hires a lawyer, Julia (Belen Rueda) who has an ailment herself to represent him. His path also crosses with Rosa (Lola Duenas) a woman who wants him to continue living.

As I'm making my way through the best foreign film Oscar winners, this is another one that's absolutely breathtaking. Bardem is wonderful here. Despite being in the situation he's in, and wanting it all to be over, he spends 90% of this movie smiling. It brings up an interesting subject on whether or not euthanasia should be legal or if "right to die" is valid. It reminds me of that girl that was in the news earlier this year who ended her own life before her terminal cancer could make everything even more painful. I thought of her a lot while watching this.

The movie feels a little longer than it should be at times, but the performances were wonderful and the story itself was very intriguing. My only issue was the character of Rosa. I found her to be very clingy and offputting, even if she somewhat redeems herself at the end.

Grade: A-

Memorable Quote: "Yes, run. You can do that." - Ramon (Javier Bardem)

8 comments:

  1. This movie has been on my list forever. I need to see it soon. I love the way you described it -- breathtaking.

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    1. It's on Netflix Instant. I was really impressed with it. Even as an Oscar winner, you don't hear much about this film in the states.

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  2. it's a little slow, but it is SO well acted. glad you got around to this one.

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  3. Oh, Bardem is terrific in this. Too bad he wasn't nominated for an Oscar.

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    1. I thought he was stronger in this than he was in Biutiful.

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  4. So glad you sought this one out. I agree, it's a breathtaking film that more people should see. Bardem is so damn good here.

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    1. Well said! I can't wait to discuss this one during 4 Ways a Best Picture.

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