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The Sea Inside

3

Alejandro Amenábar's Oscar-nominated follow-up to The Others drew mixed responses on its release, but home viewing confirms it to be a high-grade weepie that works for its hankie-count. Where The Others was about ghosts dreaming of life, Sea is about a man longing to die: Ramón Sampredo (Javier Bardem), a once physical man left quadriplegic after a diving accident. Amenábar soft-pedals on Sampredo's 26 years of suffering and the euthanasia debate is one-sided, albeit powerful. Any slack, though, is taken up by Bardem's expressive performance, Amenábar's subtle direction and the well-rounded supporting cast, making Sea a superior kind of issues-driven melodrama.

 

Film Details

  • PG
  • UK Theatrical Release Date: June 27th 2005

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