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It uses effective music but with manipulative purposes. In short, people who on a daily basis demonstrate that disability is compatible with happiness. The different characters that appear in the film represent a human universe sxmpedro attitudes when faced by the onset of an unexpected disability, with their different reactions, feelings, behaviours and processes of adaptation, while at the same time weaving a natural support network to cope with daily life.

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Euthanasia, dignified death, living without dignity, the right to die, freedom of choice, etc. The prizes awarded support its cinematographic qualities. The most dramatic consequences, quadriplegia, result from high cervical injuries. He refuses to use a wheelchair, seeing it as a symbol of his limited freedom. Well, for me those 2 metres that I need to reach you, to touch you even, are an impossible journey, a chimaera, a dream.

The judges are portrayed as lacking humanity, with gloomy features and solid arguments that refuse to see his point of view: The result is a sensationalist film focused only on its marketability. Spinal cord injury through The Sea Inside: The supporting characters are also brilliant. Am I not a slave too? His world is reduced to his room where he has contact with Julia, his lawyer who suffers from CADASILand with Rosa, a neighbour who tries to convince him of how interesting life might be.

However, at 25, a miscalculated dive from the rocks along the coast of his native Galicia results in a cervical injury after which he is only able to move his head. Revista de Cine [Internet]. It is a successful piece of cinematographic art, with an excellent screenplay and a praiseworthy performance. Owing to his disability, he has been bedridden for 28 years. His rejection of resources that might improve the quality of life of people with quadriplegia technical means, suitable environmental means, etc.

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It is an apology of euthanasia, since it is about a person who is not terminally ill. The most outstanding differences among patients with spinal cord injuries are observed at this stage, since the resulting limitations depend on the level at which the injury takes place.


The concept of happiness portrayed is materialist and individualist. It shows a high cervical spinal cord injury leading to quadriplegia as the consequence of an ill-fated dive. So, why should he want to die? However, thousands of others choose their own happiness and thus contribute to the happiness of those around them. The cast, which is excellent, is what saves the film.

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The film starts from a series of facts that can indeed be generalized to all those suffering from an unexpected spinal cord injury. During this struggle, he meets two women who are to change his life: It is also equally clear that not everyone has the same capacity for adaptation. As has been said among the associations of people with spinal cord injury, to be the focus of the media, to appear on television or in the newspapers, in order to have a film made about you, you must be prepared to commit suicide.

The performance of the both protagonist and the supporting actors is synergic and imbues the issue addressed with a certain sobriety. In short, this film conveys an image that is opposed to what this team struggles to defend: Editorial Ocho y medio, Libros de cine; In spite of this, it does not succeed in completely reaching the viewer, possibly due to the mediocrity of its stylistic resources and its dull and superficial plot: An analysis of the characters in the film is made; both popular and cinematographic reviews of it are discussed, and the image it conveys of disability is analyzed.

His stubbornness against attachment to life is obsessive, and his desire to die becomes pathological.

The reasons for the nature and opinion of each of the characters are not clear, while the truth is that the personality of each of them is rooted in their past.

The film establishes a campaign of manipulation that takes advantage of a person with a spinal cord injury to open a discussion on euthanasia for political purposes, since it uses a dignified death that could have been discreet. Cartas desde el Infierno. This position contrasts with what his brother says: Necesita tener JavaScript habilitado para poder verlo.


It involves the need for help, environmental adaptation, and technical support. From the very moment he finds out that he is never going to be able to walk again, his only aim is to find some loophole in the law that might allow someone to help him to die without being convicted for it. Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

In this respect she comments: An insignificant distance for any human being. This type of accident and its subsequent injury are one of the most frequent causes of unexpected spinal chord injuries related to sports.

The film establishes a parallelism between quadriplegia and euthanasia.

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However, the association between quadriplegia and the desire for euthanasia or a dignified death, an association that is implicit in the film, can neither be generalized about, and nor does it even reach significant levels of frequency among people with high caigz cord injury. I want the best for him; everybody in sampedgo household wants the best for him.

There are no counterarguments provided by complementary stories of other people who live cheerfully despite being quadriplegic; testimonies that, by providing a broader view of the issue, would enrich the development of the line of thought defended by the scriptwriters and the director in the plot. Julia, the lawyer who wants to support his cause publicly, and Rosa, a neighbour from the village, who, upon learning his story, will try to persuade him that life is worth living.

His case would rather be the opposite; he manages to establish an extensive, caring and more than considerable network of friends.

At times, the Galician accent becomes too broad, making it difficult to understand the dialogues. So, all right, and I understand that other quadriplegics might take offence when I say that life like this is not worth it, but I am not judging anyone, am I?

However, this explanation might not be appropriate, since there are many people whose unexpected spinal cord injuries took place around that time or even before, and who have chosen paths of adaptation that have led them to high degrees of independence, autonomy, and quality of life.

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