Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Review: The Sea Inside
I watched this film at the suggestion of Red and Dori. I am glad I did.
The story revolves around Ramon Sampedro, a quadraplegic, who campaigns for the right to end his life.
This was such a beautifully and sensitively made film. Now, I don't understand a word of Spanish, but I felt the portrayal of characters was really powerful. It is a very moving story, based on the real events in the life of a Galician fisherman.
Did I find it depressing? No. Uplifting? Now. Challenging? Yes.
I used to be a pro-life campaigner. Big time. Used to go on the marches, hold up the placards, wore those little silver baby feet pinned to my school blazer. The whole shebang. Until I started to realise a few things that I hadn't contemplated before. I won't bore you with the whole story (but if you want me to blog about what changed me from pro-life to pro choice, I'd be happy to do that - leave a comment or send me an email), but the film reflected back to me how much my own feelings towards this subject has changed.
My only beef with the film was that sometimes the subtitles were difficult to read. Otherwise, it's definitely one of those you should put on your list.
What interested me more was the story of the REAL Ramon Sampedro. So I found the following links for anyone who is interested:
It was fascinating to me how many people felt that they had a right to say something about what this man should do: should he end his life? Should he not? The church got involved. The government. All the while, his family stood quietly by, watching.
Sampedro says in the movie (to paraphrase) that if someone truly loved him, they would let him end his life. And that got me to thinking about grief and dying and how we are so keen to keep our terminally sick loved ones with us without thinking of what is happening to them. I sometimes wonder if we are more compassionate to our animals by allowing them to be euthanased.
Since the issue of euthanasia has come up with my father (who is quite fine at the moment, thank you), watching this was difficult, even though it's a completely different situation.
I hope this sparks debate, but I hope also that it allows for respectful and open-minded exchanges.
As for me? I am all for euthanasia. But that is another story.
Posted by Tamarai at Wednesday, December 20, 2006