Based on a moving true story that captured the world’s attention, Mar adentro is about Spaniard Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem), who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. The film is the story of Ramón’s relationships with two women: Julia (Belén Rueda) a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa (Lola Dueñas), who wants to convince him that life is worth living. Through the gift of his love, these two women are inspired to accomplish things they never previously thought possible. Despite his wish to die, Ramón taught everyone he encountered the meaning, value and preciousness of life. Though he could not move himself, he had an uncanny ability to move others. A truly joyous experience, the film celebrates the nature of freedom and love, and the mystery and beauty of life.
Raised in Spain after his Chile-based parents fled the country shortly before the 1973 right-wing coup d’état, Amenábar decided to be a filmmaker early on, heading to Madrid’s Complutense University to study cinema. Undeterred after his professors flunked him, Amenábar learned the craft firsthand on low-budget productions. Backed by a producer and star he met during his “apprenticeship,” Amenábar burst onto the Spanish film scene at the ripe old age of 23 as writer/director and composer with his first feature, Tesis (1996). A moody mystery involving a cinema graduate student and snuff films, Tesis was shown at the Berlin Film Festival and earned several Spanish Academy Awards. Amenábar then scored an even bigger hit with his next film, Open Your Eyes (1997). A complex psychological thriller about a womanizing egotist who is disfigured in an accident, Open Your Eyes became a blockbuster in Spain, bringing Amenábar his first international distribution and a Sundance Film Festival berth… read more
Brilliant cinematography (the flying sequence caused me to have a flying dream the very same night). Yet, the premise is too cheesy and sentimental for my taste.
A fairly uncomfortable story; intently pivoted on an inconvenient possibility which some may deny but which we could encounter spontaneously without warning – loss of freedom. Incarceration by severe… read review