Monday, October 29, 2007

The sea inside

What is your general reaction and response to the film? What do you think of Ramon's request for assisted suicide, the court's response to him, and his eventual actions? What do you think of his friends who agreed to help him?

I thought it was a pretty emotional movie, with Ramon and Julia becoming sick and the family having to take care of them. I think anyone in his situation they would want the same fate. I also think it was wrong for the court to not let him do what he wanted with his own life. I think it was good that he finally got out of his never ending misery. I think his friends just wanted ihm to be happy and in that case it was okay to do what they did.

Compare and contrast The Sea Inside to The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. What similarities and differences do you notice? In your opinion, which was more powerful?

Well first off I'll point out the obvious, they both had a main character that was Quadriplegic. They both wanted to publish a book and had people help them do so. They both tought of themselves as worthless, or less of person. They were different in the way that Ramon could talk and move his head around.
I think the Diving Bell and the Butterfly was more powerful because the guy couldn't move at all and had kids and a wife that could never communicate and make memories with.

Refer to your notes on camera technique, camera angles, and camera movement. What scenes, in particular, do you remember where the film technique underscored meaning and added to the message the director was sending? Describe the shot, its significance, and its meaning in detail.

I remember the first scene when the camera went out the window onto the beach and down the coast, i think the director was trying to send a message of peace and pleasure. When they did an extreme close up of Ramon in his bed for seriousness. There was also firehosing at one point to show anger. Slow truck of Julia for emotion.

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