A Helping Hand
Ramon Sampedro born January 5th 1943 in North Spain fought for his right to kill himself. At age 25 Ramon unknowingly dove into the shallows of the Atlantic Ocean and became a quadriplegic. Thats where this story begins. The Sea Inside follows Ramon in his few decades long battle with with Spanish courts to legally have someone help him kill himself. In the opening scene of the movie, Roman played by Javier Bardem, is listening to Gene ,his caregiver, lead him into meditation, having him imagine his favorite place, the ocean is pictured on the screen, she tells him to, “allow your whole body to relax”.A woman is introduced Julia, a lawyer in support of Ramon. Her first encounter with Ramon is moving, “I want to die because, I feel that a life in this condition, has no dignity.” Ramon admits, along with the fact that some other quadriplegics do not agree with him but begs that, “I’m not trying to judge anyone. Who am I to judge those who choose life, so why judge me or anyone who wants to help me die.” The next line struck me, and will always stick with me. He reminds us that,“Death has always been with us and always will. It catches up to all of us. Everyone.” Many more moving lines are proclaimed in the movie and help picture the debates cruelty in the viewers mind. Julia explores Ramons life, in search of support to present to the courts. She finds out how Ramon accidentally thrust this lonesome life onto himself.
A new woman is introduced, Rosa, a hardworking mother of two who sees a story about Ramon on T.V. seeks him out to try and give him hope about life.Their relationship blooms and Ramon has found a friend. Julia too begins to show interest in Ramon. Julia, while living in the Sampedro house fell one day, that is when the audience finds out she has CADISIL (cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy, a hereditary stroke syndrome ). While in the hospital Ramon and Julia decide to write...
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