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Award-winning psychological drama from acclaimed Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar. Ramon Sampedro (Javier Bardam) is a Galician who broke his neck as a young man and has spent more than 25 years as a quadriplegic. While grateful to his family and friends for their help, Ramon sees his life as frustrating and pointless and wishes to die with what remains of his dignity. His decision results in controversy throughout Spain as well as in his own house, where his friends and family all have different opinions on the fate he has chosen.
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The great irony is that for the most part you would not know this his life was so unbearable to look at Ramón (Javier Bardem, in a wonderfully understated and captivating performance). He is articulate and smiles often, showing both wit and humor in his conversations with others. Ramón can still write, using a pen that he holds in his mouth. Far from being neglected, his sister-in-law, Manuela (Mabel Rivera), has been taking good care of him, aided by her son, Javi (Tamar Novas). But his brother, José (Celso Bugallo), wants Ramón to stop talking about wanting to die and their father wonders how a son of his could want to give up on life. Still, Ramón thinks mainly of the empty part of the glass of life and is pushing his case in court against a legal system that apparently wants nothing to do with him or his thorny issue.
What is different at this point in his quest are two women who become involved in Ramón's life.Read more ›
This film is no dreary discourse on the ethics of euthanasia. Nor is it a life-affirming piece filled with cod philosophy and hope. What it is is a masterfully-acted sweep of underplayed emotion and artistic film-making which simply captivates. The acting is superb. There are characters here who make you weep - not through overplaying the emotionally-charged subject matter, but by quietly shouldering the events that life has thrown at them, dealing with them, and simply making the best of them. Optimism and despair are threaded through every minute of this film.
The film itself is breathtaking. There are long shots of the landscape and the sea; these, set against the tightly-framed shots set inside the quadriplegic Ramon's room, eloquently speak of his captive physical life while his mind is flying free. Amazing.
The film is shot artistically and realistically ... Alejandro Amendabar, the film producer, director, and creater of the musical score did a fabulous job of making a film which tackles a difficult subject - euthanasia. He made a film which shows the dignity of a human being who had a serious health problem, who made a conscious decision which few around him could accept. The personality of Ramon shines within this film. Javier Bardem plays Ramon showing a person who has a sense of humor as well as all human traits. Most amazing is how Javier Bardem holds his body stiffly, keeps his hands contracted, and his back arched, looking exactly like a paralyzed person. The views outside Ramon's window are stunning ...Read more ›
Ramon is a quadriplegic that wants to die because he claims that living this way has no dignity. He has been prostrated in his bed for the last twenty-six years of his life after hitting the bottom of the sea and breaking his neck. The issue is not a simple one, because Ramon has a loving family and his mind works perfectly, so a lot of people in that situation, me included, would probably hold on to life. But the distinction is relevant here, since Ramon does not argue that everyone in his situation should die or desire to do so, but rather that he wants to do it, and should be allowed to. Basically, he wants to decide how to live and how to die without other people's opinions being a factor.
In order to achieve his wishes, Ramon is consulting with a lawyer (Julia) to get approval from the courts. But Ramon has to battle other people beside the courts, like his brother, who cannot comprehend why Ramon is insisting on dying. As the process towards the trial begins, Ramon becomes news on TV. That is how Rosa, a local neighbor, finds out about him and decides to try to infuse him with a desire to live. Ramon's relationship with Julia and with Rosa is a central part of this movie and helps understand better his wishes and how difficult his decision is.Read more ›
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A masterclass from Alejandro Amenabar, his cast & crew.
(This makes up for the pile of rubbish that was Open Your Eyes.)
Very poor quality. Badly scratched and mostly unwatchable. Had to return it.
Arrived on time.