The Sea Inside (2004)

Alejandro Amenábar (Open Your Eyes, The Others) wrote and directed this real-life story of Ramon Sampedro, a quadriplegic who fought a 30 year campaign for the right to take his own life. Javier Bardem (the best thing to come out of Spain since the Armada) inhabits the role of Ramon with such passion and charisma you forget that he hasn’t moved for two hours. Though the movie tends to err on the side of taking things easy instead of moving things along, the last breath of it hit me like a tidal wave and I was left floundering, unsure of how to find my way to the surface again.

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