The Sea Inside moves with grace

6 Nov

One of my regrets is letting this film sit on my shelf for a year before finally putting it in the DVD player. I knew the movie had won an Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2005, but there it sat collecting dust, until I saw Javier Bardem in No Country for Old Men.

Based on a true story about Ramon Sampedro’s (Javier Bardem) quest to legally end his life on his own terms because of diving accident that left him a quadriplegic. The majority of this film takes place in Sampedro’s bedroom where he is confined to his bed. Alejandro Amenabar’s skillful storytelling and direction keep this film moving gracefully by balancing a number of personal relationships with Sampedro. Each person he talks with has a different kind of interaction with him that ranges from love to frustration to despair. Bardem’s performance is simply beautiful. He is truly one of the most gifted actors working in cinema today.

WORD COUNT: 158

Chuck’s Grade: A

Adam’s Grade: B+

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