Friday, February 25, 2005
See the Sea Inside
Ramon Sampedro lives in a farmhouse in rural Spain, surrounded by beautiful countryside, with his father, brother, sister-in-law and nephew. Now in his 50s, he is a quadriplegic of more than twenty years. Diving into the sea, he hit his head and broke his neck. This scene is shown a few times in the film, each time chilling to watch, and evocative. The story follows Ramon's 'journey' as he tries to persuade those that love him and the high court that he should be allowed the right to die.
The plot develops as two women enter Ramon's life to help him. The lawyer, Julia, is has a terminal degenerative disease, and Rosa (a local Spanish girl with two children) who having seen his plea on the news, befriends him with the intention of giving him a will to live.
This poignant topic is explored with maturity and balance by the director (Alejandro Amenabar), and deals with the religious, familial and social implications with a delicacy of untangling single hairs.
A further highlight is the setting. Moving music contrasts with landscapes and beaches that calm the emotion -- portrayed most often when Ramon takes flight in his dreams, liberated from his bedbound waking state. These evocative scenes frame this watercolour perfectly, which is all the more vibrant for being spoken in Spanish.
Rarely am I moved by films, but the Director surrounds Ramon with different characters all of whom portray their varying feelings towards his wishes. There is someone for everyone. It is gratifying to have alternative opinions explored and leaves the viewer feeling even more involved.
This is an excellent film both provocative and moving, and one I would strongly recommend especially if you're in the mood for an experience. 5/5!