The Sea Inside Script - Dialogue Transcript

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The Sea Inside Script




You'll feel more and more calm



Now imagine a screen...

A movie screen that opens before you



Create on it, any place you like



Concentrate on your breathing



Helping your body to relax...feel at peace



You don't have to change it. Just let it come and go



Come and go...






You are there



Pay attention to the details



The colors



The textures



The light



The temperature. Feel the temperature



Allow this calm view to develop before you



The feeling of peace is infinite...



It's raining cats and dogs



Are you sure this is closed



Are you more calm now?



Well, it's not easy, 

with that view I have in front of me



What view?



I can see through your skirt



You are such a pig! You know

what, I won't read you anymore.



Besides, it's almost time. I'm going to pick her up



Ok, I'll get up and prepare some coffee



Would you like some music?



Ok, whatever is on



Ok, I'll leave you with your Wagner



See you in a while






Julia, get in the car. You're going to freeze



You are Gené, right. I am Marc, hello



And Julia?



It looks like Galicia doesn't like us



Yeah, well, it's February



How was your flight?



Fine. We finally meet



Would you mind coming with me in the car?



We had agreed that only one person would come



Yes, of course



- And..? - Oh, Marc? He's only here to take notes



- Ok. Do you trust him? - Yes.

Well... he works at the firm



Look, I'm not sure if you are aware

of the step that Ramon has to take



Of course I know the step Ramon

has to take. We've talked about it



Today it's you, then its the

press, then it's the television



Ramon is afraid that this could

be taken in the wrong direction



All I can tell you is that I've come

to do things as best as possible



I hope so...



And I remind you that for me this is really important



Not only professionally...



Believe me I understand Ramon very well



- Hello 

- Hello



My name is Julia



You are the lawyer



This is Manuela. Ramon's sister in law



- Do you want help? 

- No, no. It's fine



They're here



- Hello 

- Hello



Excuse me for not giving you my hand



How come?



They tell me you are a little nervous



- Well, let's see. The first thing is breakfast 

- What time?



 :  . Don't think that I like to wake up early



- After that, I listen to the radio for bit 

- What do you like to listen to?



- A little of everything. Mostly debates

- You like debates?



Yes, yes. I like the party



See. This is my personal computer



- Did you design it? - Yes, I like inventions.



My father or my nephew builds them



You are so serious all of a sudden



Why dying?



Well, let's see. I want to die because

for me, living like this... is not worthy



I can understand if other tetraplegic could feel

offended when I say life like this is not worthy



But I don't judge anyone



Who am I to judge those that want to live?



That's why I ask not to be judged

nor the person that helps me to die



And do you think someone is going to help you?



Well, that would depend on the ones taking the

decision. If they manage to conquer their fears



It's not such a big deal. Death has

always been there and always will be



In the end we all get there.

All of us. It is a part of us



Why are they so surprised

because I say I want to die?



As if it is contagious



If we finally go to trial, they will ask you why

you don't seek alternatives to your disability



Why do you reject the wheel chair?



To accept the wheelchair would be like accepting

breadcrumbs of what used to be my freedom



Look, you are sitting there,

less than   meters away



What are   meters?



An insignificant trip for any human being



Well, for me, those   meters, necessary

to get to you and being able to touch

you, is an impossible journey...



...a chimera, a dream



That's why I want to die



The three hours have passed, Ramon



She has to change my posture



Would you mind waiting downstairs?



He called us a year ago. He

wanted us to, literally, help him die



I told him that we could provide psychological

help, legal support. But we wouldn't

put the cyanide in his mouth



He got very mad. He called us

liars. I had to hang the phone



A few days later he called again, more calm.

I was surprised at how decided he was



- Has he ever hesitated? 

- Never



That is very important



- And how long has he been like this? 

-    years



His mother used to take care of him but

when she died, his sister in law took over



How do you feel?



Fine, this arm... a little higher



I'm going to change the catheter



- Not now Manuela 

- It's just a moment. Let them wait



She is married to Jose, Ramon's brother



They live of the farm and a little orchard they have



And what do they think about this?



Ideas are free.



But I think that it's not right



But why not?



I want what's best for him.

Everyone in this house wants that



Then why would he want to die?



I cannot get that into my head



It's not rational, as he says



I cannot give it to him and I don't give

my authorization to do it in this house






- Don't leave that there Javi! 

- Oh come on mom!



Take it to your room



Your uncle wants you to check the machine



- The bag... 

- Yes!



- What's wrong? 

- The roller is a little stuck



- Didn't you have an examn today? 

- No. And the lawyer



She is with Gené and grandpa.

He took them to the beach



They might end up in Corunna.

With that head of him



Don't talk like that about your grandfather



His mind is completely gone



Of course, he is old, what do you want?



Well, that he stays out of the way



He is at home all day...



As if we need him






Look, one day... I don't know

when, maybe in a long time...



One day you are going to regret so much,

so much what you just said. That you'll

want the ground to swallow you



- But why? 

- One day, you'll see. One day...



Here the ocean is very treacherous. Those

who dare bathe in it, have to be very careful



My son jumped from here.



I don't know what he was thinking.



He jumped exactly when the water was

receding and he hit his neck against the sand



It's is very very sad.



God wants him to keep on living.



But you know that he doesn't want to live anymore



But, he never told me anything, he never

told me...he never told me anything



Look, we will win Heaven, because

we have spent our whole lives in Hell



I am taping this so the judges or

politicians or whoever has to decide



understand better...



Apparently they can't identify with the

psychological pain of the person, then maybe

this way they'll understand that this is not life



Why do you smile so much Ramon?



When you can't escape and

depend constantly on others



You learn to cry by laughing



Good morning



- Does Ramon Sampedro live here? 

- Yes, what do you want?



I was taking a ride and thought about visiting him



I heard lots of people come to see him






Just a little while



My name is Rosa



Come closer



Where are you from?



Boiro. I came on my bike



Oh God, I feel like such a fool



- Why? 

- Well, because I don't know what to say. 

Since I don't know you



Don't worry about that. I can't do

anything else. Please, have a seat.



Why did you come?



You're not making it easy. What do you do?



I work in a conserve factory



and I'm also a radio host at Radio

Boiro, Wednesdays and Fridays



- So, maybe I've heard you sometime

- Yes?



- But it's only an amateur thing... - No, you

are pretty good - Yes, apparently, eh?



The thing is to get started,

after that no one can stop me



- I have   little sons 

- Your husband?



- No. Well, yes, but we left

him - Are you alone now?



Let's see. I had a boyfriend, the

father of my youngest son...



but he also left me...

So now I'm alone but happy



I was asking in case I had any chance...



Why do you laugh?






It's ok, I was joking



Besides, I don't think I'd be willing to take on

two children, I have enough with my nephew



I saw you on TV the other day



hmmm...see, now we are getting closer



Closer to what?



To the reason why you came



I heard what you said and then l

saw your eyes, which are really pretty






And I thought, those eyes full of life! Why

would someone with those eyes want to die



Look, we all have problems sometimes and

we don't have to run away of them, you know?



- No, I don't run away of my problems... - Yes,

of course you do. That's why I wanted to come



What for?



To give you reasons to live



- To tell you that life... 

- Life what?



Is worth it



Let's see, did you come here

to see me or to convince me?



No, I came because I want

to be your friend Ramon



If you want to be my friend, Rosa,

you should start by respecting my will



How can you be so closed?



Don't judge me. Don't judge me

Rosa. Not in my own house



Or do you want me to judge you?



Do you want me to judge you? Why don't

we talk about the real reason you came



Why don't we talk about the fact that

you are clearly a frustrated woman...



that woke up this Saturday looking for

ways of giving reason to your own life



Yes, run. You that can.



Thanks a lot. So you don't

want me to play you anything?



- No, dear. Just stay as cheerful.

Good night - Good night



Well, it's  :.   and here we are at Radio Boiro.



I remind you that you can call

and request your favorite song



Before I continue...I would like to dedicate the next

song to someone that maybe is listening tonight



I know he listens to the radio a lot



I would love it for him to call me

someday and ask for a song



Although I know he won't because...the last time

we saw each other we didn't end up in good terms



But for what it's worth, I'd like to tell him I'm sorry



I'm sorry I judged you Ramon, l

am such a fool and I can't help it



Enough...for you my friend, Ramon,

"Negra Sombra" (Black Shadow)



- Yes? - Hello



Gené! How are you?



Well, still at the office. You are

giving us too much work, Ramon



I'm just kidding



Hey, the report was spectacular. We

have received a lot of support calls



- This will be really great for the trial 

- If you say so...



Oh, come on! You have to improve that mood,

otherwise we won't be able to do anything



- You knew we had to do this. 

- Yes, I know, I know



Julia, the lawyer, wants to see

you again and this time longer



Has she fallen in love with me?



You wish handsome! besides, she is married



No, she says she needs to know

you better to prepare the case



That's what they all say



Wait...   minutes and I'm there



Hey, did you know that the guy that

came with her wants to go out with me



- Are you leaving me for a lawyer? 

- No



You are missing on it



I see it quite well



Your leg



Well, moves



Let's see...this is going to be easy. You

only need to answer with your heart



With the head, you mean..



With the head. You don't mind if I record it, right?



Let's begin with your youth, before your accident.



What did you do then?



Is that necessary? I had forgotten all about it.



Is your memory that bad?



No. I just thought we would

talk about my suicide demand



We will Ramon. It's just that it's very

important that the judge identifies with you



and that he understands you.



For that I need to know who is

Ramon Sampedro and who he was



That way, you will use it against me later.



You are such a Galician!



- I'm your lawyer, I'm on your side 

- Ok



When I was    I packed my

things and I went around the world



I was doing that for a couple

of years, until the accident



Wait, wait. You went around

the world at only    years?



You just don't know how. Ship mechanic.



I always tell my nephew. To travel

without money, become a sailor.






Looking for proof?



No, it's that I can't see a single

picture of you around here



How were you in your younger years?



Why? Am I so ugly now, or what?



Ok, I won't ask you anything else. That's it



You don't like looking into the past, right?



Of course not, I look into the future.



- And what is the future for you? 

- Death, same as for you



Don't you think about death? I'm

not the only one who thinks about it.



Yes, yes. Of course I think about it



I just try that it doesn't become my only thought



Tomorrow it's going to rain



Tomorrow it's going to rain



I think he whistled



- I didn't hear a thing 

- Yes, he did



- What do you want? 

- The game already started



But you know I don't like soccer



Why don't you watch it downstairs



Hey, if you want to convince me you

need to give me a rational justification



The "Depor" is playing



That is not a rational justification



- But it is important 

- Why?



Because it is decisive for the league. If they lose

this one, they can only make it to second place



OK, turn it on



- Can you see it? 

- Yes



Did you hear him whistle too?



Ramon told me you asked about the pictures






There's got to be one somewhere



I'll look for them tomorrow






If you need more blankets, look in the closet



In June, it is still cold at night






- No, no, no 

- Yes, yes, yes



I cannot accept this, I can't



Manuela, I'm going to stay a couple of days.

The least I can do is contribute with something



But added to the fact that you are doing it for free



I'm doing this because I want to. Manuela, please...



Ok. If you need anything, please let me know






What are you plotting over there?






It's a shame you can't see the sea from here



Is better like that



That way I can see it when I want to



How come?



When I want to, I concentrate

and take a step towards the sea






I imagine that the sea means a lot to you



Well, the sea gave me life and then took it away



I don't know if that means anything



Give me some details about that day.

The day that your life changed, ok?



Whatever you say.



Ok, first...



...when did it happen?



August   rd of '  



- You still lived with your parents? 

- Yes. I was still young



- Were you alone at the beach that day?

- No, I was with some friends, town's folk



But how is it that someone so familiar

with the sea didn't calculate the receding



I was distracted






Yes, I was thinking about things






Ok. Leave it alone. It doesn't matter



I can see you don't want to talk about it either



No. I'm just remembering



When I realized I was in the air,

jumping on an almost empty pool



- Were you left unconscious? -

No. I was just there...face down






You know it's true what they say

about those that are about to die



that all of a sudden you get to see the

most important moments of your life



That happened to me



And what did you see?



They say that those that drown, after all

the air has been expelled, die instantly



A sweet death. I should have died then



- Do you still see all these people?

- Some I do, some I don't



- Who is this girl? 

- Some girl



Well, she appears in many pictures



She lived in town. Can I have a puff?



- Do you smoke? 

- From time to time in case it kills me



but nothing...



- She was my girlfriend - Your

girlfriend? And what happened to her?



There was a time when she used to

go to the hospital. One day she said

something foolish about getting married



And I told her to get out of there, try to

resume her life the best way she could

and that she should forget about me



But, did you love her?



That was not the issue



How come?



The issue was if I wanted

to love her in this condition



Are you telling me you refuse to love because...



Because I can't love



Just like that



So, what I have to tell the judge is that, in your

opinion, tetraplegics have no right to fall in love



But who's talking about tetraplegics?

I'm talking about me, Ramon Sampedro



There are other ways of making love



Yes of course



Has any girl kissed you in the past    years?



Now you are going to show me how, no?



- The girl from Borio is here - The girl from Borio?



- Christian, I told you to come here 

- Rosa!



- Hi Ramon 

- I told you to come here!



Leave him, it's ok. Are you good or bad?



- Bad. 

- Then we will get along fine



- I'm Julia 

- I'm Rosa, nice to meet you



I'm sorry to have interrupted you



I'll go for a while and leave you alone



- How are you? 

- Fine



I hope you are not here to give me some

of those reasons to live you always bring



No. No way. Well, I don't know...



I wanted to see you. And

wanted you to meet my sons



That's better



Christian, behave yourself. We are not at home.



This is Samuel. Sami, say hello



Hi, Sami.



- Why are you in bed? 

- Because he can't move, I already explained it to you



Is it true you can't feel a thing?



What's wrong with you now? Are you hot?



It's just that with this weather you never know.



We are on strike because there's been a month

since they paid us. So it's like Sunday for us



I made the breakfast, we took

the bus and we came to see you



- What happened? 

- Nothing



Samuel, why are you crying now?






What do you think about all this? Tell me the truth



What do I think about what?



That your brother in law wants to die



That's what he wants



Ok, but...



...but you. What would you

want? What would you prefer?



What I prefer has no importance



Ramon wants to die.

Everything is quite clear for me



- Would you like to see something? 

- Something?



Yes, come



- Christian, leave that alone 

- Leave me alone!



I'm going whip your ass...



Almost all of them are poems



I never threw anything away



I couldn't do it. It takes a lot

of effort for him to write them



And his handwriting... Look...



I never saw such a beautiful handwriting



- Ok. I'll be downstairs 

- Manuela



It's going to take me a while to read all of this



- Would you mind telling Ramon that... 

- That you went to the beach



- take a walk 

- Thanks



Of course it is the first and

the last time I bring you here



- But mom, that guy is faking it 

- The last time!



- Did she tell you when she would be back? 

- Just to take a walk



That way you can take a nap



- You can't complain 

- Why?



Not a minute passes by that a woman comes

into this house. Are you building a harem?



Manuela, you know I'm only married to one



Yes, with Death



- Do you want anything else? 

- No



They told me you were here. And I came flying









How was the walk?



I've been reading Ramon



I've been reading all that you have done.



You know what?



What you have written...





So... you are not only a lawyer, but also a writer



Ok. Make fun of me.



But I tell you that this can be published



Of course it can be published. Nowadays

you can publish almost anything



I don't see a better way to support your demand



It's your voice



Look Julia, this was more clear at the beginning



You came here with a purpose, to help me



Instead of that, you start questioning

everything. Looking for reasons...



You get inside my feelings...



Do you want me to leave?



What I want right now is a cigarette, please






I'll go get them



Julia, what happened?



Are you alright?






It's not about what happened,

but about what could happen.



Because... one day... it's the legs



But on another day...


            can go blind



And you can get better or not



I had been lucky so far



but then comes the next stroke



and the next, and the next



and no one can tell you when

or how they are going to be



No one can tell what is going to

be left of you if anything at all



Your husband is very optimistic



And what is it good for? If there's

not even medication for this



What's the point of standing up, working,

getting your hopes up if at the end

comes the next stroke and you fall again



and you feel like shit again



Is ridiculous



I called you because I want

to become a member of DMD



I had thought about it   years

ago when I was diagnosed



but I backed out at the last moment



But not after this...



...not after this.



I can't take it anymore. This isn't life



Does your husband know?



- I don't know if I want to tell him 

- You should



Fear is a very powerful weapon.



Fear doesn't give you freedom to decide



What you are telling me right

now is a product of that fear



Maybe, later, you will back out, 

precisely out of fear



Do not act based on fear



You are supposed to support people

that want to commit suicide, right?






Do you think that I go around telling people with

problems that the best is to get out of the way



No. What we support is freedom. The freedom of

those that want to live and those that want to die



It's very different



And CADASlL is a very bad disease, I agree



But I only ask that you think it over a little bit more



Ramon gave me this for you



If you want, we can talk some other day about this



How do you think she's doing?






Really? I also think she is fine



- Ok. Nice meeting you

- Thanks for coming



You are welcome



- I'll stay a while longer 

- OK



Dear Julia...When Gené told

me that a lawyer wanted my case



there was something

that influenced my decision



and it was the fact that the lawyer

suffered a degenerative disease



I thought that only someone in that

condition could really understand mine



And shared my hell



Now I know that living in that hell is sometimes

worth it, if one gets to meet people like you



lt's worth it to have shared a cigarette with them



or, like right now, caressing them even if

its just by writing something foolish like this



And talking about foolishness,

I'm correcting my writings



With the hope that you will

come soon and give me a hand



For now, my nephew Javi is helping

me by copying them on his computer



For the rest, life continues

just the same, you know



Manuela kept the whole month covering

me so next year doesn't catch me off guard



Javi keeps fighting with his grandpa

and sometimes I make up little chores

so they spend more time together



This month some friends came to visit.

Some of them have been doing it for    years



and that keeps surprising me



They enjoy telling me their stories



Do you remember Rosa? The

girl from the conserve factory.



l think she found some kind of refuge here



The other day she wanted to help Manuela to

change my clothes, and they ended up arguing



I proved again that when you depend on

someone for everything, you lose your privacy



Well...I hope to keep my little kingdom in order

until you can cheer me up with your presence



A big hug.



What's going on?



Let's see. What does it say here?



"No es asi la vida que va" (The

life that goes is not like that)



No sir. It has to say "No es así la vida.

¡Qué va!" (Life is not like that. No way!)



- No 

- Yes. And that "Aqui" has accent



That "Aqui" has accent. Do you see it? Right there.



"Death is my friend", where's the comma?



What are they teaching you in school?



You have to pay attention to what I tell you



Even your grandpa would do it better



Look Javi, if this is the way you are 

going to help I'd rather not want it, ok?



Because you make me work twice as much



Give me the stick. Give me the stick



Pay a little more attention, ok?



- Javi, what happened? 

- Nothing



Dear Ramon...please forgive me for

taking so long to answer your letter



But the doctors have limited me the

use of the computer and in general, any

activity that doesn't make me use my legs



They assure me that I'll be able

to walk again but they say that I

shouldn't continue with your case



In the physical therapy

room there's a huge window



Sometimes I imagine that I go through

it and fly, like you, over Barcelona



I reach the sea and keep flying until

I can only see that endless line of water



And think, foolish me, that if you

do the same from Corunna, maybe

you'll go around the world again



And we end up finding each

other in some part of the planet



I identify with you when you mention

the lack of freedom and privacy



I try to bear with it, mainly for my husband

who takes care of me with much dedication



But at the same time, I

refuse to fall into this inertia



where I just can be grateful for what is given

because I have no other choice but to accept it



I wish I'll be able to see

you in a couple of months



And I'll keep my promise

of helping you with the book



Until then receive my thanks

and a hug from a very good friend



I knew this could happen, I knew it.

We are going to have to try again



No Marc, how can you say

that we have to try again?



As if justice is so swift in this country



No. And now I am the only one who has to tell him



The demand of the tetraplegic Ramon Sampedro

requesting euthanasia was rejected yesterday

by the tribunals due to defects in its form



The sentence says that the judicial process

should have been started in Corunna



where he resides, and not in Barcelona



Many voices have been raised due to this case

among them is priest Francisco de Galdar



tetraplegic like Ramon



Ramon says he doesn't want

to live anymore, but I wonder



isn't it possible that Ramon is asking

some kind of attention, from society, 

from all of us.



What is he talking about?



Maybe it's that the people that surround him

don't provide the love or support that he needs



That moron



Couldn't it be possible, that what

Ramon is asking for, is more love?



I would really like to talk to him and convince him

that there are many reasons to keep on living



Aren't you going to school?



I hope you are happy now!



Our whole family humiliated on television



But keep it up, keep it up. Until our

faces fall off from embarrassment



And you dad? Aren't you

going to tell him anything?



Don't involve dad in this. Whatever you

have to tell me, do it and be done with it



I'm going to tell you something

Ramon. I am the older brother



Listen to me, listen to me for a moment



What if you have an accident

tomorrow and you die?



Have you thought about it?



What would happen to me? I would

have to take care of the family, right?



Of your wife, your son, dad... With

that miserable pension of mine



If I stay alive, I'll make things a lot more difficult



I'm going to tell you something

Ramon. I am the older brother



I am the older one here. And while I'm

alive, no one is getting killed here



No one in this house is getting

killed. Keep that in your head, Ramon



No one!



- Ok, son. I'll leave 

- See you tomorrow dad



I'll go



Hi Manuela, I came to see Ramon



But, do you know what time it is?



I know. I couldn't come

sooner. I'll explain it to Ramon



I don't think he's in the mood

for visits. He had a bad day



Why don't you come tomorrow? Or the day after?



It's important



The conserve factory is closing



Things are not going well.

There's no money to pay us



We will all be fired



There's no right, damn it!



There's no right.



- Forgive me Ramon 

- I have nothing to forgive



Cry all you want. I wish I could

stand up and give you a hug



Now that I had started to save some money



I wanted to buy you a telescope

for the day of the Wise Men



You don't have to buy me anything, Rosa



I will get really mad if you spend one cent on me



But I really wanted to



- I wanted to give you something 

- But why do you have to give me anything?



But I really wanted to



- I wanted to give you something

- But why do you have to give me anything?



Because you gave me a lot

Ramon, you have no idea



No man has ever been so

kind to me as you have been



Has it been that bad?



Now, I don't want to complicate things



I know that the problem must be me, right



That men don't like me or something



What are you saying, Rosa?

How is that even possible?



Wasn't that what you told me

when I came here the first time?



Frustrated woman, you said



Yes, yes. If I called you that then,

now I call you strong and brave



and kind and beautiful. And I call

assholes those who can't see it



Rosa, please stop it.



You make me feel like a priest

and I hate them enough already



Sit over here, come on sit.



And leave my hand alone, you know I can't feel it



My son says you are faking it.



But you do feel your face, right?



I wish I could help you. I

would do anything to help you.



You would help me?






Don't worry. I have it all planned

so that no one ends up in jail



I have some friends that are willing to help



I only need one more. Someone brave, like you






Help you heal...



not die



Come on guys, let's go.



Are you holding him?



He won't fit through here



Ramon says that he understands the

situation but that he won't come down



Ok. It doesn't matter. Brother Andres



Go upstairs and tell Ramon



...and since we are inside eternity.

Life doesn't belong to us...



and we take to ridiculous extremes the

bourgeois definition of private property



You are killing me



But if Church was the first one in

secularizing the private property



- I can't tell him that

- How come?



Should I tell him that?



Freedom to choose my,

his beliefs and decide over his life



Ok, now you tell him



Why does the Church keep that posture

of terror of death with such passion?



Because it knows that it would lose

a great amount of its customers



if people lose their fear to the Great Beyond



He reminds you that according to the polls,

  % of the Spanish are in favor of euthanasia



Very well, very well. Now you tell him that

moral issues are not resolved through polls



Because most of the German

people were also in favor of Hitler



Now he is going to compare

me to Hitler. That is very rude



No, not that



Ask him what Hitler has to do with all this



No wait... Padre Francisco, do you hear me?



Yes. Ramon I can hear you



Why do you mix pears with apples?



I hope you didn't come here to do demagoguery.



Because you Jesuits know a lot about that.



No, no. Of course not.



But since you bring up

demagoguery, my dear Ramon.



Don't you think that what's really

demagogic, is to say "Death with dignity"



Why don't you leave the euphemisms aside

and call things by its name, with all its rawness



"l take my life" and that's it...



Your interest in me keeps surprising me,

while the institution that you represent



accepts the death penalty and condemned

those who didn't think the right way,

to the bonfire for centuries



Now you are the one doing demagoguery



Yes of course, but leaving the euphemisms

aside, as you say that's what you

would have done with me, right?



Burn me alive



Burn me for defending my freedom



Ramon, my friend...






Ramon, my friend. A freedom

that eliminates life is not freedom



And a life that eliminates freedom is not life either



Don't call me friend! And leave me alone



Come on. Let's go



You... you who look like kind people,

give this man reasons to live



Prove to him that life is not only

moving your arms and running around



or kicking a ball. Damn it!

Life is something else, really



Life is so much more. Hear it from me



And what do you want us to do?



That we gag him so he doesn't talk?



Or that we put him to sleep

with a rattle like a little kid



Look. you appeared on TV and said

something that I can't get out of my head



Manuela, leave it alone



You said that Ramon's family

didn't give him enough love...



you should know that in this house no one

stopped loving Ramon for one single day



Not one day



I've been looking after him for many

years and I love him like a son



I don't know which one of you is right



And I don't know if it's true what you say

about life belonging to God and not to us



but I do know one thing



you have a very big mouth



Rosa, I told you that it's not

necessary. I already shaved Ramon



Yes, yes. But I know a better way



Where do you have the soap?



They're here



I don't feel anything. Are you

sure there's a child in there?



  months old, darling



- Well, he's not moving

- You're the one that doesn't move



- Now, now, now

- See



- He's happy to see you

- How are you going to call him?



We still don't know



Well, call him Ramon so that way one day

when he asks why, you can tell him my story



It's better if you tell him



There's someone else who

will be really happy to see you



- No, no. Not like that

- Grandpa, shut up



- How come you didn't say anything?

- We wanted to surprise you



This a great Wise Men's day present



I'm going to open the

windows, it's really hot in here



We better get out and leave you alone for a while



How are you sailor?



- Do you drink coffee Marc?

- Yes, please



- How are you Rosa?

- Fine



Ramon told me that you found a new job



Yes, caring for elderly people



Is that woman going to stay long?



A couple of weeks, depending

on how long the book takes



Well, I guess I won't be able to

shave him. See you some other time



Bye Rosa



Ok, the judges have their hands

tied because of the legislation



We are going to try to obtain a statement



where we recommend the government

changes to the penal code



- The government?

- The government is there to serve us, Javi



Your uncle is more important



The jury will not dare to agree

with us, we already know that



But we can not fail on the regional audience



Javier, help me with the cows



We have to convince the judges that

Ramon is completely sane and lucid



It would help us a lot if he

writes a declaration



Manuela, we have to take Ramon out of the house



Can you tell me what you were doing in there?



Do you know what they are

talking about? What they want?



And what do I do? Lock myself up in my room?



Do you understand what they really want?



What happens if he wins the trial?



Your uncle gets injected and dies, like

a dog. And you'll never see him again



You will never see him again, Javier



Or do you think death is so great?



Please use your head



Death is a very serious thing, you hear me?



- Your uncle dies and you won't see him again

- Leave me alone



It's not that he doesn't feel like it, he

just doesn't want to use the chair



Taking him out of the house once or

twice a year is an accomplishment



Well, this has to be one of those times. It

is very important that Ramon takes this trip.



And when would that be?



I estimate that the trial will take place in the spring



So we still have time to propose it to him



There's only one thing worse

than the death of a son



that he wants to die



Well, let's get to work



"...get inside of you, eternally,

my seduced lover, beloved sea"



Can you really smell the sea from here?



Yes, and sometimes in the morning if there's wind



and the window is open, l

can smell it as if I was there



You have a very good nose



Smells are probably what cause

me to have more intense sensations



More fantasies



...your smell, for example.



My smell



Yes, it's the first thing I imagine

when I day dream about you






- And what are those dreams about?

- Just things



They all have one thing in common...



In all of them I can move...



and I stand up and travel wherever

I imagine you are at that moment



And if I imagine that you are here, for example



I just get close to you



And do what I have been

wishing to do so many times



Then your smell becomes stronger and I get dizzy



I can feel your heart beat, then I feel your hands



And then I lose my mind... I lose my mind



Is the water ok?






Julia, are you awake?






I can't sleep



Why is that



I have an itch on my leg,

can you come and scratch it?



...the leg



I brought him some "filloas"



- I know he likes them - Rosa,

please listen - I made them



I've told you that you don't have to cook him

anything, or bathe him or shave him. Nothing



I take care of Ramon. Get it?



- Ok, then I want to hear it from him

- No, he already told me



Besides, he is very busy now



Is he with her?



I wish I was a lawyer too. But of course...



- Don't cry Rosa, don't cry

- If you don't want to see me, please tell me



- Of course I want to see you

- It doesn't look that way



Really, what are you...



Rosa... Rosa...



She hung up



Do you mind dialing the number

again and giving me a minute alone



What's going on between you two, Ramon?



But Julia...



Why would I need to explain anything to you?



I don't understand why you answer me like that,

because then I don't know what I'm doing here.



Unless of course, you think that

there's nothing happening here



The kiss you gave me yesterday meant nothing?



Look at you



Look at you sitting there



Look at you



And now look at me



Where are we going Julia?



Look at us



I haven't finished



What do you think?



That I don't think about what happened to me?



Of course, I think about it. Frequently



Every single day. It's like a nightmare



And I know that it will only get worse

and worse until I end up like a vegetable



So I have reached a conclusion and I rather...



I'm going to do it Ramon



I'm going to take my own life



But before I do it, if you want to, my love...



I would like to help you



Leave together...



You don't say anything? You didn't expect this






I don't know. We are almost

done with the book and...



I'll go to Barcelona and look for

an editor so you can publish it.



And then I'll come back with the first copy.

That same day, Ramon. That same day.



Listen to me, in the worst case scenario

we would win the public support.



If the verdict is negative the

discussion will be more heated



- Don't be stupid... I can't understand...

- Are you ok? - Yes, Yes



News, what news?



Marc, please be careful. It's ok,

it's ok. What happened Ramon?



We are here.



I understand Ramon, I understand.

But that doesn't matter



Listen to me, if no one takes this step. If

everyone hides their heads and doesn't

even try to confront the state, the judges...



And what do we do now Manuela?

I mean, with the trip to Corunna.



Do I go there and waste my time?



Knowing that they won't listen to me



Well, I think that today it is a waste

of time but maybe tomorrow it

could be useful for someone else



Ok. Let's go and see those judges in person



- Javi, where is the chair

- The chair?



I don't know, it's probably in the back



Well, I want you to take it out and clean

it up. Then bring grandpa and I'll explain.

We are going to make some changes



Are going to install a motor?



- You have to cut here and here

- Let the back move, right?



You have to cut these pipes down here

and then join them with bolts so they

move as hinges. Are you getting this?



- Yes, yes

- And you dad?



You're going to be lying down son.

You might fall asleep at the trial



Is not like they're saying anything interesting, dad.



Die to Live






You should put a pillow here to support my head



In case I fall backwards and break my neck



Hey, Javi. Do you get it? Break

my neck... Break my neck...






Look, if you're going to help me

like that, it's better if you do nothing



- Am I tying you too tight?

- You're asking me?



Wait a moment please. Ramon



Manuela, please. As if l

don't look ridiculous enough



Better this than catching a cold



And don't you dare, taking it off



You are Ramon Sampedro, right?



I'm really glad I'm taking you there



Living is a right, not an obligation!



- Look at all the people here

- Who did we kill, eh?



Ramon, do you feel alone because you are the

only Spanish to have requested euthanasia?



Yes, well, the first one in requesting

it in a public manner. But this has

been happening for many years.



What do you expect from the judges?

What are you going to tell them?



I just want to tell them that

I'm completely sane and lucid






Can we talk later?



Silence, please



In a state declared as law and that

recognizes the right to the private property



and which constitution expresses also the right

not to suffer tortures or degrading treatments



is correct to say, that whomever sees his position

as degrading, as in Ramon Sampedro's case,



should be able to decide over his own life



in fact, no one who attempts suicide

and survives is judged afterwards



but... when you need the help of someone else



to die with dignity, then the state interferes

with the freedom of the people and tells them



that the life they are living is not theirs,

that they can't make decisions about it



This, Your Honor, can only be done based

on metaphysical beliefs, or religions



In a state, I repeat...



that is declared law



Your Honor, I ask for a legal

answer, but above all, rational



and humane



And now, with your permission, Ramon

Sampedro would like to read something






My client wants to address you directly

so you can hear from his own voice...



You know the process perfectly well



Of course I know it, I know it perfectly



But I didn't know that it was so irrelevant

for you to give three minutes of your time






To listen to a man that has

been waiting for    years



If you want to change the process...



change the laws



Yes, of course. I know that already



This case is ready for a sentence



Well...I knew you were not

going to take it seriously



That's what all men do. Laugh at me.

You were not going to be different



Rosa, forgive me. It's just that lately

a little of everything happens to me



- And...I'm a little overwhelmed

- Why?



It's not allowed to fall in love

with a tetraplegic or what?



Is it that weird?



Well, maybe we should clear up some

things. Especially if we are talking

about something as complex as love.



- Complex?

- Yes Rosa, complex



No matter how much you tell me that you love

me, I will never be sure of how real your love is



or if it's just an idealization of a man you

wanted to find but couldn't or didn't last



But what are you talking about

Ramon? Don't try to confuse me



Either you love or you don't.

You can't rationalize love



Well, if that's the case, what do you want me

to do? You want me to move in with you?



For me it's enough to know that

I can visit you from time to time



Of course you can. Of course you can



Yes, but for how long?



Rosa. You wouldn't ask me

to stay alive for you, right?



What if I told you that...



that you give me strength to live Ramon



Wait wait. Stop this thing for a moment



Sit over there.



- Let's see. Do you love your children?

- Of course I do.



Well, there you have the strength to live



Don't give me that responsibility Rosa



Is that what you call love?

Keep me here against my will?






The person that really loves me

is the one who will help me die



That is love, Rosa



Dear Julia... yesterday I received

the sentence of the provincial audience



the judges understand that I want

to die, but remind me that helping

me, would be punishable by law



ln other times, this would have affected me a lot



Pushing me into that alley without

exit where days and nights never end



But now I feel that everything is

rushing by and that the publication

of the book will happen any day now



And with that you will return Julia. My Juliet...



It will be the sweetest

death that I could ever imagine



It will be love, pure and shared



And it will be the return to

balance. Finally to balance



A kiss, my dear friend



Ok, see you later



Should I open it?



It's the book!



Look, it's the book. You are on the cover



It smells great



It's for you



I'm going to show it to mom



Why... why... why can't I be happy with this life?



I'm going to give you a tranquilizer



Why do I want to die? Why do I want to die?



Give me two more Manuela.



Manuela, for crying out loud, two

more pills are not going to kill me



Give me two more



You'll feel better soon



- How do you feel?

- Fine



What time is it?



  :   am. I didn't want to wake you up today



The girl from Boiro has called three times already



What did she want?



She says she has to talk to

you about something important



- For her it is always important

- Dial the number for me please



Are you going to call her? Why

don't you wait for her to call back?



She can barely pay her phone

bill. Dial the number please



Of course Ramon. You're always so kind



- Ramon?

- What's going on Rosa?



I need to see you. I have to talk to you



- You said I should call you before visiting you

- Yes. Did something happen?



Can I come now?



Look Ramon, you said you

had a plan or something



That you had figured out a way of doing what

you want to do, if the judges decided against you



Yes, Rosa, but I already asked

you to forgive me, right?



I told you to forget about it



Yes. But I can't



I can't, you know



Because last month the audience said no.

And you are still thinking about doing it



Is that what worries you? That I get my way?



- So, are you going to do it?

- Is not that easy, Rosa. But don't worry



You will be the last person to find out






It's that I realized... I understood

what you said in Corunna.



"The person that really loves

me will be the one to help me"



I'm completely sure about what I feel Ramon



I love you



Do you want me to help you?






I'm not joking Ramon. Do

you want me to help you?



But what are you going to tell him? Jose wait...



Did you hear me! I will not allow this



And what are you going to do?

Strap me to the bed?



Or are you going to fill me with sleeping

pills like they used to do at the hospital?



- No one is going to prevent

me from getting out of here - I will



- Not even you

- I will



We'll see about that!



Or is it that I mean nothing in this house?



I am the older brother I am the head of the family



Do you think that means anything to me?



At my age?



For me what counts is what people have in

their heads, and you have nothing in yours



I will not be a slave of your ignorance

anymore or of your prude conscience



And what about me? I am also a slave



How do you think I felt when I left the sea?



All my life here, living out of this fucking orchard



To be with you. To only be with you



Me, my wife and my son. All slaves!



- Hello

- Hello



- Your uncle is going to Boiro

- Boiro?



What for?



To spend some time there, he says



He's leaving with that woman, Rosa



- Are they getting married?

- No they're not



What's that about you leaving?



For how long?



I want to give you my book. It's over there



- Aren't there any more copies, or what?

- Yes of course, but that one is the first copy



Open it at the bookmark



- "To my son"?

- Yes. Read it please



To my son



Forgive me my son for not being born



It wasn't my fault to leave you behind



It were the roses, the ones afraid



Forgive me for not being able to play with you



I don't know if you were born after I passed away



Always remember that I still love you



Give a kiss to your mother from me



And don't keep any resentments towards me



Is not good to hate



So... did you get it?



- Yes

- Let's see



Well, it's about a son you never had

and this is like you are speaking to him



And you ask for forgiveness for not having him



Ok. But what did I add down there?



- "To Javier" - So?

- So what?



Don't you see what I'm trying to say?



But I'm not your son



Of course not...



But if I'm dedicating you that

poem, it's for a reason, no?



But I'm not your son



I don't know what it is that they teach

you at school. Get out of here. Get out.



You are all so weird



Ramon? How are you? Wait

a moment, I can't hear you



- Tell me dear

- I'm leaving tomorrow



Yes, Rosa told me this afternoon.

I'm sure you are impatient



A little



Hey Ramon, I've been researching

about that thing you know...



- What? - Well that thing...

- The powder?



Yes, the powder. You have to calculate an

exact dose of     mg. But it is probable

that it is a little painful... just so you know



Gené. I think it's best if you forget about

all this. It worries me that someday

you could be implicated in this



In fact, that's why I'm calling, I want to

say good bye and we shouldn't talk again



It's for your own security. You shouldn't

even talk to Marc about this.



- Yes, yes. I understand. So this is farewell

- It's better this way



Ok, ok...ok. Let me tell you something...



Ramon, think it through as

much as necessary.



Don't feel pressured. I mean, don't do it

to set an example or to not disappoint

the public, or us or the association



No one is pushing you to do

it, do you understand me?



- Do you understand me Ramon?

- Not you too, Gené, please



- I'm sorry Ramon

- Goodbye Gené



Have a nice journey, my friend



Good bye Manuela...



and you Javi, please be good



I understood what you meant with the poem



Come here a moment



Give me a hug



Do me a favour. Take care of your grandpa



Well Ramon, here we go



Can you close the door, kid?



Come on, close it



What are you going to do in Boiro chief?



I'm going to the beach. For a change of view



A change of view? That's great



This is the best I could find

with the money you gave me



And I told them about the view. Do you like it?



- Where do I sign? - What for?

- To marry you.



He fell asleep



Of course. Since I don't move at all



Ramon. If there's really life after death...



I know this is going to sound foolish, but...



- Please give me a sign...

- A sign?



Anything. I was never scared of spirits. I

will be very alert. Waiting. Will you do it?



Of course.



But, between you and me, I think

that after we die there's nothing.

Just like before we are born. Nothing



How can you be so sure Ramon?



No one knows that



No I'm not sure.



It's just a feeling. It's like when my father

looks at the sky and says "Tomorrow

it's going to rain" and it does



It's a feeling.



But there's something you shouldn't

forget. I'm going to be in your dreams



I'm going to come to your bed

at night and we will make love



And in case I don't tell you in

your dreams I'll tell you now



Thank you Rosa, from the bottom of my heart. Thanks



Judges, political and religious

authorities. What does dignity mean to you?



Whatever the answer of your conscience is,

know that for me, this is not a worthy life.



I would have liked to at least die with dignity



Today, tired of the institutional laziness, I see

myself forced to do it in hiding, like a criminal



You should know that the

processes conducting to my death



have been carefully divided in small actions

that do not constitute a crime by themselves



and have been executed

by several friendly hands



if even then, the state

insists in punishing my helpers



I would suggest that you cut their hands,

because that is all they contributed



The head, I mean the

conscience, was provided by me



As you can see, at my side I have a glass of water



that contains a dose of potassium cyanide



when I drink it I will cease to exist



relinquishing my most precious property. My body



I believe that living is a right not an

obligation, as has been in my case



forced to accept this sad situation during

   years,   months and some days



After all this time I make a balance of the road

traveled and I can't account for the happiness



Only the time that passed against

my will, during most of my life



will be my ally from now on



Only time and the evolution of

consciences will decide one day if

my request was reasonable or not.






It's hot...



- And Marc, is he coming? - He is on

the beach with our son. He loves the sea



- They can't be thinking about getting in

- No! It's too cold



- How are you?

- Fine



- Will she understand me?

- Yes...



- I mean, does she still follow conversations and such

- Yes, yes. Sometimes it's a little difficult, but..



- Well... I'll go see her, see you later

- See you later



Hello Julia



Hello. How are you?



- Fine, and you?

- Well... here



You have a very nice house. Very beautiful



Well, you know that Ramon left me many letters.



I think that he enjoyed leaving

writings around after he died



The thing is that the other day



I found this letter for you.



Ramon who?



Ramon Sampedro... Your friend



I introduced you two. Do you remember?









It's very nice here.



The sea inside, the sea inside



And in the weightlessness of the bottom



where dreams come true



two wills come together to make a wish come true



Your look and my look



Iike an echo repeating, without words



Deeper, Deeper



beyond everything through

the blood and the bones



But I always wake up



and I always wish I'd be dead



to have my lips



entangled in your hair




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