My Old Addiction

The Sea Inside (Mar Adentro)

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(out of 5)

Spanish auteur Alejandro Amenabar, creator of the impeccable thrillers Open Your Eyes (the basis for the Tom Cruise vehicle Vanilla Sky) and The Others, continues to astonish with this heartrending biography of euthanasia advocate Ramon Sampedro. Sampedro () was injured in a swimming accident at a young age and spent nearly thirty years paralyzed, lying immobile from the neck down in his family’s home, the whole time fighting for the legal right to die with dignity as was his wish. When the film begins, he strikes up a friendship with his newly appointed lawyer (), herself suffering from a degenerative disease, and she reviews his story while developing a deep affinity for him. As Sampedro’s story becomes popular, he also makes the acquaintance of a divorcee (Talk To Her‘s ) who finds in him the most kindred spirit of her life. How he brings joy to others while fighting so hard to make his own wish of final rest come to pass makes for a poetic masterpiece of complex emotions and painfully beautiful remembrances. Bardem brings his skillful combination of personal gusto and quiet elegance to the part, giving the most robust performance of the year and coming across so powerfully despite having nothing else to work with except his face. He leads an equally impressive cast in an unforgettable film about love and the impossible sacrifices we are often asked to make in its name.

Spain/France/Italy, 2004

Directed by

Screenplay by Alejandro Amenabar,

Cinematography by

Produced by Alejandro Amenabar,

Music by Alejandro Amenabar

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by Alejandro Amenabar

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2004, Venice 2004

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Academy Award
Best Foreign Language Film (Spain)

Best Makeup (Jo Allen, Manuel Garcia)

Golden Globe Award
Best Foreign Language Film (Spain)

Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Javier Bardem)

National Board Of Review Award
Best Foreign Language Film

Venice Film Festival Awards
Grand Special Jury Prize
Best Actor (Javier Bardem)

Independent Spirit Award
Best Foreign Film

European Film Awards
Best European Actor (Javier Bardem)
Best European Director (Alejandro Amenabar)

Best European Film
Best European Cinematographer
Best European Screenwriter

Cesar Award Nomination
Best Foreign Film

Goya Awards
Best Film
Best Actor (Javier Bardem)
Best Actress (Lola Duenas)
Best New Actor (Tamar Novas)
Best New Actress (Belen Rueda)
Best Supporting Actor (Celso Bugallo)
Best Supporting Actress (Mabel Rivera)
Best Director (Alejandro Amenabar)
Best Original Screenplay
Best Cinematography
Best Sound
Best Original Score
Best Makeup and Hairstyles
Best Production Manager

Best Production Design



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