Thursday, March 24, 2005

The Sea Inside tells of Spaniard's quest to die

Hispanic Magazine reviews the movie Mar Adentro, or The Sea Inside, which tells the true story of a Spaniard quadriplegic who fought for years for the power to end his life. The movie was released in theaters in 2004 and will be available on DVD in May.

"He wanted to die in order to be free again. Ramón Sampedro, a former ship mechanic from the northwestern Spanish province of Galicia, waged a 30-year battle to end his life with dignity after a diving accident left him paralyzed from the neck down."

"Mar Adentro unites a real confluence of talents. Director Alejandro Amenábar (The Others starring Nicole Kidman, Open Your Eyes starring Penélope Cruz and later re-made into Vanilla Sky, and Thesis) is a young cinematic genius who continues to stretch his abilities. The 32-year-old, who was born in Santiago, Chile, and moved to Spain with his family when he was barely a year old following the 1973 coup that overthrew Salvador Allende, says he was drawn to telling Sampedro’s story after happening on his book, Letters from Hell."

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