This movie was very surprising. I understand now why it won an academy award and it was fully deserved. I did have a few issues. I kept forgetting to hit pause while I was taking notes so I would miss a lot because I could not read the subtitles.
It was so well written that it immediately put the viewer in the position that they had to face a decision right away did they agree with Ramon's fight or find in morally and ethically reprehensible. Unfortunately I have had to deal with this subject directly.
My aunt has been in a wheelchair for 25 years. She recently spent three months in bed because of a massive bituminous ulcer. She has mentioned several times if things got so bad that she could not take her life on her own would someone care enough to help her. She has always said that all she needs is a doctor to figure out how to give people new bodies and her life would be perfect.
I was very impressed with the amount of activity and relatively positive attitude of Ramon's character throughout the film. It was remarkable that even though he had to battle poverty and his severe physical limitations Ramon was very productive.
His very vivid and active fantasy life really helped him maintain his positive outlook on life. I did find it interesting that some of the isolation that Ramon was subjected to was a a self-imposed exile because he did not like using his wheelchair. If he had allowed his family to take him outside more than once or twice a year he may not have been so isolated and allowed to ruminate on his thirst for death.
I guess there were a few different perspectives that could be looked at in this movie. First I thought it was very intelligent that Ramon had required his lawyer to have a debilitating disease in order to fight his case. People tell you to write what you know. I can fully understand why Ramon stated that his lawyer must be sick in order to take his case. It is...