The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within)
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The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro) (The Sea Within)
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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bardem is simply astounding as Sampedro."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Bardem's Ramón is such a vital life force, it's all the more bittersweet to watch him fight to leave a world that would be much emptier and sadder without him in it."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's a good movie. It's just not a movie for which I can work up much personal enthusiasm."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Bio-pic chronicles quadriplegic Ramon's Sampredo's 28-year crusade to legalize euthanasia in order that he be allowed to die with dignity."
‑ Kam Williams, Princeton Town Topics
"what could have been unrelieved morbid dreariness becomes, in the hands of Amenabar, a provocative and unexpectedly life-affirming story..."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"If ever there was a film that deserved to get the proverbial bump from Oscar, this is it. Rarely has any film so focused on death felt so vibrantly alive."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"[VIDEO ESSAY] Alejandro Amenábar's seamless depiction of Ramón Sampedro's battle for his own sense of integrity arrives in refreshing cinematic terms."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The performances are heartbreaking, the story both tragic and uplifting - Amenabar has crafted yet another movie that's sure to please many."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"The film is worth seeing, but only if you're prepared to set aside your aversion to its polemic in order to experience its compassion."
‑ Ron Reed, Christianity Today
"The result, as imagined by Amenábar, who co-wrote the screenplay with Mateo Gil, is like watching the human spirit flash before your eyes."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"For whatever reason, it's an injustice that Bardem was not nominated for best actor."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Fascinating story too complex for young viewers."
‑ Carly Kocurek, Common Sense Media
"The production itself is so rich in authentic emotional life and breathtaking visuals, word of mouth and positive reviews should carry the (pay) day."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"An intelligent and moving treatment of a potentially maudlin subject matter."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"The acting in the film is superb, especially by Bardem, who richly deserved his Academy Award nomination."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
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