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The Sea Inside

The Sea Inside
The Sea Inside
The Sea Inside
  • PG-13
  • 2h 7m
  • 2004
Certified Fresh84%
Common Sense Media Iconage 16+
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"The person who really loves me will be the one who helps me die. That's love, Rosa. That's love." Powerful and life affirming, The Sea Inside is based on the true story of Ramón Sampendro, a quadriplegic poet who fought for his right to die. With dignity and courage Ramón battles the legal system, and along the way develops two unexpected relationships. Rosa is a lonesome woman who is battling abuse, and Julia is a lawyer with a degenerative illness. Lovingly teaching them about the beauty of life, Ramón encourages them to try things never thought possible, to soar through the sea of existence, to move to always move. The Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Film, The Sea Inside is a visual and emotional masterpiece from director Alejandro Amenábar. It stars Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas, and Academy Award winner Javier Bardem as Ramón Sampendro, a role for which he won eight international Best Actor awards.
© 2004 New Line Productions, Inc.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh84%
Critics Consensus: Held aloft by a transfixing performance from Javier Bardem as a terminally ill man who chooses to die, The Sea Inside transcends its melodramatic story with tenderness and grace.
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Fascinating story too complex for young viewers.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie deals frankly with the suicide of Ramón Sampedro, a man who in real life spent 30 years fighting with the Spanish government for his right to die. The film addresses the last leg of Ramón's battle, as he works with an attorney named Julia and an organization called Death With Dignity to ensure his right to kill himself, an act he ultimately accomplishes through the aid of a number of friends and associates. In its treatment of questions of life, death, and suicide, this movie is quite complex and could be confusing and upsetting to younger viewers.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:December 17, 2004
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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