The Sea Inside

The Sea Inside

Theatrical poster by Toni Galingo.
Directed by Alejandro Amenábar
Produced by Alejandro Amenábar
Fernando Bovaira
Written by Alejandro Amenábar
Mateo Gil
Starring Javier Bardem
Belén Rueda
Lola Dueñas
Mabel Rivera
Celso Bugallo
Clara Segura
Joan Dalmau
Alberto Jiménez
Tamar Novas
Music by Alejandro Amenábar
Cinematography Javier Aguirresarobe
Edited by Alejandro Amenábar
Distributed by Fine Line Features
Release dates
  • 3 September 2004 (2004-09-03)
Running time
125 minutes
Country Spain
Language Spanish
Budget €10 million
Box office $38,535,221

The Sea Inside (Spanish: Mar adentro) is a 2004 Spanish drama film written, produced, directed and scored by Alejandro Amenábar, which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. It is based on the real-life story of Ramón Sampedro (played by Javier Bardem), who was left quadriplegic after a diving accident, and his 28-year campaign in support of euthanasia and the right to end his life.

Plot summary

This is the life story of Spaniard Ramón Sampedro, who fought a 28-year campaign to win the right to end his own life with dignity. The film explores Ramón's relationships with two women: Julia, a lawyer suffering from Cadasil syndrome, who supports his cause, and Rosa, a local woman 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.


Sampedro family

Ramon's friends



The film received positive reviews from critics. It currently holds an 84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 131 reviews, with an average rating of 7.6/10. Its summary states: "Held aloft by a transfixing performance from Javier Bardem as a terminally ill man who chooses to die, The Sea Inside transcends its melodramatic story with tenderness and grace."[1]


The Sea Inside won the 2004 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the 2004 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, and 14 Goya Awards including awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Lead Actor, Best Lead Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay.[2]

In 2010, New Zealand post-punk band Body 125 released a song entitled 'A Sea Inside' written in response to the film.

The 2010 Bollywood film Guzaarish featuring Hrithik Roshan and directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali was an adaptation of The Sea Inside.

In 2015, the Chicago/Memphis electronic band Courtesy released a song titled entitled "Jungle Juice" inspired by the film.

See also


  1. "The Sea Inside". Rotten Romatoes. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  2. "The Sea Inside Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
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