This Week’s Recommendation: The Sea Inside
This week's recommendation
The Sea Inside
2004, 125 mins. Spanish language
Directed by Alejandro Amenabar
The film was 684th film screened by RFS on 29th November 2011, garnering an approval mark of 89% from those attending.
Two of the most talented figures in contemporary Spanish cinema - actor Javier Bardem and director Alejandro Amenbar - collaborate for this powerful drama, based on a true story.
Ramón 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. While grateful to his family and friends for their help, Ramón was always active 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. His brother is, however, bitterly opposed to the notion of assisted suicide, whilst Spanish law would implicate anyone who helped Ramón end his own life, which is something Ramón does not want to do. He also strikes up a friendship with Rosa, a local woman who wants to convince him that his life is worth living.
Through a friend who works with a "Right to Die" organisation, Ramón is introduced to Julia, 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.
Full film notes available in the Twickenham & Richmond Tribune - http://twickenhamtribune.com
The film does not appear to be available to be streamed but the discs do have limited availability from Amazon and others.
Presented by Richmond Film Society
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