I hope you enjoy foreign films. I do and I’m going to recommend quite a few of them, simply because they consistently come up with more interesting human stories than American producers. I mean, in this culture of consumerism, who can blame the Americans? Hell, we are all about making a buck – not a thought-provoking movie.
But this one is definitely of the intellectual variety, even though it is a very personal and emotional tale. It’s called The Sea Inside and stars one of my new favorite actors – Javier Bardem. If the name is vaguely familiar, he was the psycho-killer in last year’s Best Picture “No Country For Old Men”. Bardem won Best Supporting Actor for the role. Make no mistake, this is such a wholly different role that I could only acknowledge that he seemed very familiar. I could never have placed him as being the same guy.
On to the "based on fact" film. Bardem plays the part of a middle-aged quadriplegic man who just wants to be free to die – his way, and not illegally.
As usual, I will say no more other than “rent it”. I can assure any self-respecting intellectual secularist (you really need not be an atheist) that they will love the story and the acting and, most of all, the underlying message.
This is the Netflix synopsis:
Based on a true story, this moving film centers on a Spaniard, Ramon Sampedro (Javier Bardem), who's condemned to life as a quadriplegic. Determined to die with dignity, Sampedro leads a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life. An extraordinary man, Sampedro inspires his lawyer, Julia (Belen Rueda), and a local woman (Lola Duenas) to reach for the stars, and through his inspiration, the women achieve far beyond their wildest dreams.