The Sea Inside

If I told you that The Sea Inside was a Spanish film about a 55-year-old quadriplegic's real-life battle to be allowed to die, you would probably opt to do likewise rather than make it your choice of evening viewing.

After all, euthanasia is not an obvious subject for a ‘feel good' film – but if you did pass it up in favour of, say, Legally Blonde 2, you would be missing out on a cinematic treat.

I thought this was a wonderful film: funny, moving and beautiful at the same time. And, curiously for a film in which the central character's greatest wish is to be allowed to die, it is also life-affirming.

The film centres on the various characters who gather in the bedroom where Ramon has been confined since he broke his neck in a diving accident 26 years previously.

In particular, the women - his sister-in-law Manuela, his lawyer Julia, a euthanasia campaigner called Gene and Rosa, a single mother-of-two who is drawn into Ramon's circle after seeing his plight on TV.

All people who love him in their different ways, but as he says, “The person who really loves me will be the one who helps me die”.