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  • Summary: Based on the profoundly moving true story that captured the world's attention, The Sea Inside is about Spaniard Ramon Sampedro (Bardem), who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. The film is the story of Ramon's relationships with two women: Julia (Rueda), a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa (Duenas), a local woman who wants to convince him that life is worth living. (Fine Line Features) Expand
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Based on a true story, the movie has abundant humor and uplift - but it's a heartbreaker of extraordinary dimension.
  2. 88
    The Sea Inside is uplifting. This is a movie that may cause viewers to both laugh and cry.
  3. It's moving, romantic, dreamlike, flawlessly acted and so engaging as to make you forget about euthanasia before it jolts you back into recognition.
  4. Wrings honest emotion and riveting dramatics from its tale.
  5. 70
    There's a combination of fatalism and hard-edged humor at work in The Sea Inside that you can imagine Irish writers would feel right at home with.
  6. I remained strangely dry-eyed up to the final shot.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. LizB.
    Jun 9, 2007
    Brilliant and subtle; so many layers of meaning for multiple watchings; profound.
  2. Barna
    Dec 25, 2005
    A very moving story, perfectly crafted from all angles.
  3. Apr 5, 2012
    Touching, powerful, intense....Amenabar does it again! This is not just a movie about solitude, it is also a movie about courage, integrity and friendhsip. I am fluent in both languages (English and Spanish). It is great in both...better in teh original of course...the subtitles are never the same, but its beauty trascends the barrier of the language, anyway! Expand
  4. May 29, 2011
    "Mar adentro" is a movie through touch on the innermost hearts. I'ts not just any story that makes us reflect on the validity of our own lives. And for the construction of the message are added to the powers of the director, actors, soundtrack, assembly and photography. Amenábar is an extraordinary filmmaker. He could really force the emotions of those watching through primary devices that Hollywood is still trying to use (and that Spielberg, for example, dominates like nobody). Instead, he lets the emotional potential of the situations portrayed itself excites the viewer, producing true feelings. Much of it by Javier Badem delivers his best performance in his career. In that sense, what won me over was the fact that Ramon, his character was, at least in the film, an amazing person. Their speeches denouncing a tremendous sobriety and a realistic science of what it means dignity. It is impossible not to empathize with the subject. "The Sea Inside" is a story truly worthy of being known. If I had the opportunity to speak with Ramon, I'd say, "Ramon, friend, I support your decision." Expand

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