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About the Movie
Based on the true story of Spaniard Ramón Sampedro (Academy Award-winner Javier Bardem "No Country for Old Men," "Before Night Falls"), who fought a 30-year campaign to win the right to end his life with dignity. Film explores Ramón's relationships with two women: Julia (Belén Rueda "The Orphanage," "Retruc"), a lawyer who supports his cause, and Rosa (Lola Dueñas "Volver," "Talk to Her"), 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. Despite his wish to die, Ramón taught everyone he encountered the meaning, value and preciousness of life. Though he could not move himself, he had an uncanny ability to move others. Spanish Language Film with English Subtitles.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 131
- Fresh: 110
- Rotten: 21
- Average Rating: 7.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Amenabar (the inventive Spaniard who made The Others) promotes dignity, love, and inspiration with such insistence that there's relatively little chance to feel Ramon Sampedro's unendurable pain.
Fresh: What could have been a preachy biopic becomes poetry in the hands of the gifted director and writer and editor and composer Alejandro Amenabar.
Fresh: Absorbing and almost unbearably poignant.
Rotten: It comes as no surprise to learn that Javier Bardem, the virile and charismatic Spanish actor, is capable of turning on the charisma even working only from the neck up. What is alarming is realizing that the rest of the movie he's in is paralyzed as well.
poignant, provocative story. powerful performances!
Javier Bardem is one of those rare chameleon actors who's craft is so thoroughly evolved as to leave an audience entirely convinced they are witnessing actual events. Bardem -- a gorgeous, strong man -- is completely transformed into quadriplegic, Ramon Sampedro, fighting for the right to end his life. Direction and cinematography are divine. Engaging script and acting combine to run the gamut of human emotions.