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The sea inside (Mar adentro) - Javier Bardem, Belén Rueda, Lola Dueñas, Alejandro Amenábar

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Movie propaganda

Quadriplegic from an accident, Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem) has been bedridden for almost 30 years. His only view of the world is the one of the sea, afforded by his bedroom window, so he decides to end his life with dignity. Two women will affect his life: Julia (Belén Rueda), a lawyer that wants to support his cause; and Rosa (Lola Dueñas), a neighbour who wants to convince him that life is worth living.

In a departure from his previous genre pieces, director Alejandro Amenábar explores the theme of euthanasia in a moving drama about freedom and personal choices. Based on a true story, The sea inside puts us in the mind set of the main character, as he remembers and fantasises about life as it should've been. Javier Bardem, perhaps the best Spanish-speaking actor of his generation, renders another remarkable tour-de-force as Ramón Sampedro.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film Spain Spanish artist euthenasia quadraplegia disabled injury biography

Persons of interest

  • Javier Bardem .... Ramón Sampedro
  • Belén Rueda .... Julia
  • Lola Dueñas .... Rosa
  • Mabel Rivera .... Manuela
  • Celso Bugallo .... José
  • Clara Segura .... Gené
  • Joan Dalmau .... Joaquín
  • Alberto Jiménez .... Germán
  • Tamar Novas .... Javi
  • Francesc Garrido .... Marc
  • José María Pou .... Padre Francisco
  • Alberto Amarilla .... Hermano Andrés
  • Nicolás Fernández Luna .... Christian
  • Andrea Occhipinti .... Santiago
  • Xosé Manuel Olveira "Pico" .... Juez
  • Mateo Gil .... Screenwriter
  • Alejandro Amenábar .... Screenwriter
  • Alejandro Amenábar .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • The sea inside (Mar adentro) official movie site
  • The sea inside (Mar adentro) production notes
  • The sea inside (Mar adentro) QuickTime movie trailers
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS - Oscars) 2005: Won: Best Foreign Language Film of the Year (Spain); Nominated: Best Achievement in Make-up (Jo Allen, Manolo García)
    • Bangkok International Film Festival 2005: Won: Golden Kinnaree Award: Best Actor (Javier Bardem), Best Film (Alejandro Amenábar)
    • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2005: Won: Best Foreign Language Film; Nominated: Best Actor (Javier Bardem)
    • Cinema Writers Circle Awards, Spain 2005: Nominated: Best Actor (Javier Bardem), Best Cinematography (Javier Aguirresarobe), Best Director (Alejandro Amenábar), Best Editing (Alejandro Amenábar), Best Film, Best New Artist (Belén Rueda)Best Score (Alejandro Amenábar), Best Screenplay, Original (Alejandro Amenábar, Mateo Gil), Best Supporting Actor (Celso Bugallo), Best Supporting Actress (Mabel Rivera, Lola Dueñas)
    • European Film Awards 2004: Won: Best Actor (Javier Bardem), Best Director (Alejandro Amenábar); Nominated: Best Cinematographer (Javier Aguirresarobe), Best Film, Best Screenwriter (Alejandro Amenábar, Mateo Gil)
    • Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards 2005: Won: Best Foreign Language Film (Alejandro Amenabar - Spain)
    • Goya Awards 2005: Nominated: Best Cinematography (Javier Aguirresarobe), Best Director (Alejandro Amenábar), Best Film, Best Lead Actor (Javier Bardem), Best Lead Actress (Lola Dueñas), Best Make-Up and Hairstyles (Jo Allen, Ana López Puigcerver, Mara Collazo, Manolo García), Best New Actor (Tamar Novas), Best New Actress (Belén Rueda), Best Original Score (Alejandro Amenábar), Best Production Design (Benjamín Fernández), Best Production Supervision (Emiliano Otegui), Best Screenplay - Original (Alejandro Amenábar, Mateo Gil), Best Sound (Ricardo Steinberg, Alfonso Raposo, Juan Ferro, María Steinberg), Best Supporting Actor (Celso Bugallo), Best Supporting Actress (Mabel Rivera)
    • Hollywood Film Festival 2004: Won: Hollywood Discovery Award: Best European Feature (Alejandro Amenábar)
    • Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globes) 2004: Won: Best Foreign Language Film; Nominated: Best Performance By An Actor - Drama (Javier Bardem)
    • Independent Spirit Awards 2005: Nominated: Best Foreign Film (Alejandro Amenábar - Spain)
    • International Press Academy Golden Satellite Awards 2004: Won: Motion Picture - Foreign Film; Nominated: Actor In A Motion Picture - Drama (Javier Bardem)
    • National Board of Review, USA 2004: Won: Best Foreign Language Film
    • Ondas Awards 2004: Won: Cinemania Award (Alejandro Amenábar)
    • San Diego Film Critics Society Awards 2004: Won: Best Foreign Language Film
    • Venice Film Festival 2004: Won: Grand Special Jury Prize (Alejandro Amenábar), Volpi Cup Best Actor (Javier Bardem), Young Cinema Award Best International Film (Alejandro Amenábar); Nominated: Golden Lion (Alejandro Amenábar)
  • NB: Catalan, Galician and Spanish languages with English language subtitles
  • See also The diving bell and the butterfly (Le scaphandre et le papillon)
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Theatrical report

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Security censorship classification

M (Adult themes)

Surveillance time

126 minutes (2:06 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 21 April 2005
DVD rental: 1 September 2005

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