Foreign Film Fridays: Mar Adentro

Happy Friday!  I feel like this week flew by for me.  Hope you had a good week.

Well, this week I had the chance to rewatch my Foreign Film pick for today, which is:

Mar Adentro (The Sea Inside)

This is another Oscar winner for Best Foreign Language Film in 2004 representing Spain.  It tells the true life story of Ramon Sampedro.  At 20 years old Ramon became a quadriplegic after suffering a terrible accident while diving in the Ocean.   Twenty-eight years after his accident we find Ramon fighting the Spanish government for his right to end his life through euthanasia.  Assisted suicide is a very controversial topic but for Ramon it is very simple.  He does not feel his life is in balance and he wants to die with dignity.  This film is deep and thought provoking, especially because Ramon’s family is against his choice and the lawyer who takes on his case is also struggling with a debilitating disease, which could lead her to wanting assisted suicide herself.  

When Ramon goes public with his choice he finds himself dealing with people who are for and against euthanasia.  He also attracts the attention of a young mother who feels compelled to help him feel better about life and the will to live.  They actually become close friends during his battle with the court system.

The role of Ramon is portrayed by 2007 Oscar winner Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men).  It is currently available on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.  You can watch the trailer here.

Enjoy the film and Have a great weekend!



Foreign Film Fridays: Mar Adentro — 8 Comments

    • Yes, it is a complex issue. I don’t think I could ever assist a loved one to die but I can understand why someone would make that choice after watching this film.

  1. I love Javier Bardem!! And I love the controversial movie topics you pick. I was actually just talking to someone about euthanasia for people who have advanced alzheimer’s or some other debilitating disease, especially if the cost for care for them is bankrupting them and their family. Thanks for the suggestion!
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    • Oh yes, Javier is a great actor. This is a situation that affects not only the suffering patient but also the caregivers not only emotionally but financially as well.