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    Reader comments on The Sea Inside

    Subject: The Sea Inside
    Date: Feb 12, 2006
    Sender: julianzaPrevious | Next

    I have read the comments on this movie, and as a person with a Chronic Illness (circa 20 years) all I have to say is that one needs to either one in another's shoes, or in this case, lie in another's bed. It is totally wrong to judge the movie negatively without having had this man's experience. It may also be wrong to judge it positively. I think that the content should not be judged unless one has lived the life it depicts. Having said this, however, as a person whose life is a roller coaster of good and bad days, I would say that it (IT) (the decision whether to go on living) should rest with the person who is ill. Certainly the person should consider those around him/her. For instance, how would my suicide affect my children? You see in the movie the brother's losses over his caretaking. You see the father's heartbreak over a child who wants to die (but he is obviously conflicted). The movie is basically a love story: it is about love of life, but it explores the question: what exactly constitutes life? And that is an individual rumination. It is also about the love of the women and the sister in law, etc., for the suffering man. It is easy to call a completely disabled person weak, to want to die. But to me it is a strength to desire life on one's own terms, to question religion, God, and so forth, and to not want to be a burden. I would never want to force someone to live with a major disability, just as I would never want to force someone without a disability to die. It is an insult to the integrity of an obviously sane man to force one's own value system upon him. He felt he had lost everything. He had plenty of time to feel these losses, consider them, reconsider. He always came to the same conclusion. It is an unselfish act to want not to be a burden, and it is a human dignity not to live a humiliated life (from his perspective). l; Methinks that the protester (the one who disliked the message of the movie about personal freedom to choose) must not have had any kind of illness beyond a three-week flu. I would suggest staying in bed for a year, listening to music and having your diaper changed. See what you think. I thought this was a stunningly beautiful movie, acted without melodrama, with subplots that worked. I would have liked if the deleted scene with Julia and her husband were left in. I was a bit confused by her disappearance in his life. To tell another person what is valuable and what is not, in life, is sheer hubris. I liked the scenes with the priest. They also worked well, because it was obvious he was trying to convince himself of his own will to live. I liked the texturing, I liked the cast, I loved Javier Barden's expressive face (also Julia's). You did not see a man wallowing in self-pity, although he was. You saw a man channeling unavoidable self-pity into something positive, as he saw it: the ability to choose.

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    Comment index:

  • Yup   from Rich, Dec 19, 2004
  • [no subject]   from matiash, Dec 20, 2004
  • [no subject]   from Sand, Jan 5, 2005
  • [no subject]   from Isaac, Jan 10, 2005
  • Re: Isaac's comment   from Pablo Hernandez, Jan 12, 2005
  • Re: Isaac's comment   from Paula, Feb 11, 2005
  • Re: Isaac's comment   from Ross, Aug 31, 2006
  • the film isnt pessimistic...you are   from James, Dec 11, 2005
  • » The Sea Inside «   from julianza, Feb 12, 2006
  • Re: The Sea Inside   from julianza, Feb 13, 2006
  • Re: The Sea Inside   from julianza, Feb 13, 2006
  • I disagree on the reviewers take   from Gail, Jul 22, 2008
  • Yup   from Rich, Dec 19, 2004
  • [no subject]   from matiash, Dec 20, 2004
  • [no subject]   from Sand, Jan 5, 2005
  • [no subject]   from Isaac, Jan 10, 2005
  • Re: Isaac's comment   from Pablo Hernandez, Jan 12, 2005
  • Re: Isaac's comment   from Paula, Feb 11, 2005
  • Re: Isaac's comment   from Ross, Aug 31, 2006
  • the film isnt pessimistic...you are   from James, Dec 11, 2005
  • » The Sea Inside «   from julianza, Feb 12, 2006
  • Re: The Sea Inside   from julianza, Feb 13, 2006
  • Re: The Sea Inside   from julianza, Feb 13, 2006
  • I disagree on the reviewers take   from Gail, Jul 22, 2008