THE euthanasia It is a strong and controversial topic. The act of ending the life of a terminally ill patient to avoid their suffering divides opinion, and is currently a crime in Brazil.
The subject has been discussed in several films, showing sensitivity to the moral dilemmas of the theme - and some even earned awards.
Types of euthanasia
The practice may be passive, that is simple suspension of medications or devices that keep the patient alive, or active, that is the induction of the person's death by lethal substances that accelerate the process.
Euthanasia can be a request from the patient or third decision, usually family members or close friends who seek to end the suffering of the sick.
If the practice is made by the patient, the act sets assisted suicide, also considered a crime in Brazil. In it, the third only helps the patient to cause death itself, by prescribing high doses of drugs.
Films about euthanasia
Frankie Dunn (Clint Eastwood) was a boxing trainer in the past that struggle with depression after being abandoned by his daughter. After much insistence, he starts to train the young Maggie (Hilary Swank), who wins several competitions.
But in one of them, she is attacked from behind and is quadriplegic. Maggie asks Frank to unplug appliances that keeps it alive, but he has the young a paternal affection, which makes the decision even more difficult. "Million Dollar Baby" won the Oscar for Best Picture in 2005.
The French film shows the couple Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuelle Riva), living in Paris and are surrounded by music. When Anne suffers a stroke and is paralyzed half of the body, they need to deal with various problems in the relationship, including the decision to practice euthanasia.
He won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2013.
"You Do not Know Jack"
Starring Al Pacino, the film tells the story of Jack Kevorkian, a man who always defended the practice of euthanasia. It becomes a consultant on the subject, help hundreds of assisted suicides and is known as Doctor Death.
"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"
Also French, the film revolves around Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), a 43 year old man who is in love with life. After suffering a stroke, he gets the whole body paralyzed except for his left eye.
Bauby is faced with the desire to cause his own death, but learn to communicate with winks and transmits whatever is in your imagination.
"Beauty Sleep that"
The Italian film tells the story of Eluana Englaro, who is in a vegetative coma for 17 years. Your case goes to the country's parliament, which shall discuss with different opinions of euthanasia decision - showing different cases of patients who are in the same situation.
"The Sea Inside"
The Oscar winner for Best Foreign Film in 2005 was "The Sea Inside," the Spanish film that tells the story of Ramón Sampedro (Javier Bardem). He is quadriplegic and not get out of bed for 28 years, and goes on to fight in court for the right to die.
"A proof of love"
Anna (Abigail Breslin) is a girl who was conceived in a test tube, to be the sole donor to his sister, Kate (Sofia Vassilieva), who suffers from cancer. She enters the justice process and the parents themselves to be emancipated and make their decisions.
But she hides a secret: who asked her to do it was Kate herself, she wanted to die and stop suffering, or stop receiving donations. Shows euthanasia in the family and the impasse of the feelings that this involves.
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