Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Mar Adentro [The Sea Inside]

About the movie:

Mar Adentro is a 2004 film by the Spanish/Chilean director Alejandro Amenábar. It is based on the real-life story of Ramón Sampedro (played by Javier Bardem), a Spanish ship mechanic left quadriplegic after a diving accident who fought a 28-year campaign in support of euthanasia and his right to end his own life. [ripped from Wikipedia, the web-based solution to the question of life, the universe and everything else]

This person from Europe commented:

“This small, quiet, harmonious movie grows into a masterpiece on human dignity. It is intelligently structured, filled with meaningful little details and important side-plots. It tells a story of one man with great humanity without positioning itself politically, but fostering life as a precious right (not an obligation) and underlining individual's right to choose. It enjoys the richness of different landscapes (mental and physical) and languages (important detail). Outstanding acting by each of the actors, especially unbelievable by Javier Bardem. His screen-presence has such a force that you forget that this is fiction. The movie has a wonderful rhythm, it is beautifully shot and outstandingly directed. It takes real talent to make a movie on such a difficult theme with understanding, humor and heart. Six stars out of five.”

And that more or less is the same thing that I wanted to say anyway.

The other great thing of this movie is its soundtrack.

It is called "Negra sombra" [The Black Shadow]
[Lyrics by Rosalía de Castro, Music by Carlos Núñez, Performed by Luz Casal]

Negra Sombra” gets a totally new dimension and depth if you listen to it after watching the movie [even though the song by itself, too, is pretty neat]. It is exactly like listening to Clint Mansell’s orchestral version of “Requiem for a Dream”, the original soundtrack of Saw and Departed, after having watched the movies.

Have a listen here, if you fancy one - "Negra Sombra":

By the way, 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, some other 58 wins and 30 nominations.

Regardless of the above hype, this is really worth watching. Movies like these are not made everyday.

PS: This post was mainly

  • to try embedding a mp3 into a blog post.
  • add ‘Movies’ to my tag list. [:-P].

Speaking of Movies, check out these crazy new DVD by the Japanese record label Avex. It is called Miteiru dake (Just Looking).

And the women there do just that. Stare. And thats pretty much all they do.

Stare back at them here.


Anonymous said...

now i know why you were looking for negra sombra ...

Anonymous said...

hmmm, isnt that guy in the poster...

The hitman in old country for old men!!! :) ?

Dha said...


he is...
damn... can't believe i didn't realize it till you pointed it out..

i need to add this guy to the list of god level actors, his acting in Mar Adentro is nothing similar to No Country for Old Man..