Mar Adentro



Ramon has been paralysed in bed for thirty years, cared for by his family. His bedroom window is his only window to the world, overlooking the sea he so often sailed; that sea where he suffered the accident that curtailed his youth. Since then, his only wish has been to bring his life to a dignified end.

His world is turned upside down by the arrival of two women: Julia, the lawyer who supports him in his legal struggle to end his life as he sees fit, and Rosa, a woman from the village, who tries to convince him that life is worth living after all. Both women are overwhelmed by Ramon's captivating personality, and are forced to question the principles which have governed their lives thus far.

Ramon knows that only the one who truly loves him will help him undertake his ultimate journey.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar

Written by: Mateo Gil, Alejandro Amenábar

Produced by: Fernando Bovaira, Alejandro Amenábar

Editing: Alejandro Amenábar

Production Design: Javier Aguirresarobe

Cast: Javier Bardem (Ramón Sampedro), Belen Rueda (Julia), Lola Duenas (Rosa)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Director 2004
  • European Actor 2004
  • European Film 2004
  • European Screenwriter 2004
  • European Cinematographer – Prix Carlo Di Palma 2004
  • Feature Film Selection 2004