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See the Sea (1997)

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This French suspense drama, set on an island off the Atlantic coast of France, is a medium-length feature, running 52 minutes. Isolated at a cottage on the Ile d'Yeu, young Englishwoman Sasha (Sasha Hails) is alone with her baby daughter when sullen backpacker Tatiana (Marina de Van) turns up. Sasha allows Tatiana to pitch her tent near the cottage and later invites her to dinner. Sasha is fascinated yet wary, since Tatiana's edginess not only generates a sinister sexual tension, it seems to

Jan 21, 2003

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (0) | DVD (4)

Ozon subtly lets on that something is not quite right here, but keeps us utterly in the dark until the final shocking images.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Simple and simply creepy.

May 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Ozon's minimalist work is an edgy thriller that keeps one glued to the screen in anticipation.

September 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Generally effective in its sometimes subtle depiction of escalating malice.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Audience Reviews for See the Sea

Having now seemingly run out of anything without subtitles to watch on Netflix, I decided to give this little film from François Ozon a go. It was only 52 minutes long so it wasn't any worse than watching a TV episode really.
It was okay but not exactly brilliant. I could tell what was going to happen from the moment Tatiana arrived but I was hoping for a lot more sordid action first. Although it didn't really go the way that I wanted, it was still pretty filthy so I wasn't too disappointed. My new word for the day is "chairgasm".
The actresses were quite good though neither was all that physically attractive. Their characters were even more disgusting so I didn't exactly warm to either of them. Sasha, in particular, was just so clueless that she deserved everything that happened to her.
I've got a feeling that "See the Sea" was supposed to be shocking when it came out but now it's nothing special really. It's well done considering the low-budget but not something I'd want to buy especially now that I know the price at Amazon. $22.49 for a 52 minute film? Get real. I wouldn't give you more than 50c for it.
Unless you are a film school student or similar then you wouldn't watch "See the Sea" more than once. As an obvious precursor to "À l'intérieur" (2007) it may be of some historical interest though, since I hate that film with a passion, I don't even care.
It's not scary but, fortunately, it's not arty. "See the Sea" is more of a character study than a thriller and not really something that horror fans would ever rave about.
July 20, 2011
drblood

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An unsettling film. Progressively ominous and exquisitely directed.
November 2, 2010
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Randy Tippy

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52 minutes of edge of your seat tension without any of the cinematic cliches to force you to feel nervous. It all starts off very real. The interaction between mother and daughter is spot on. Caring even if frustrated, the mother does her best. One scene with no dialogue shows the mothers frustration and wanting to escape as she tries to read a book with her daughter following her every move. Once a stranger shows up she disturbs the balance but mostly only for the audience to see. It shows the mothers uneasiness, before warming to her guest, that gives her something new. At the same time though the audience is shown disturbing glimpses into the strangers mind. Short, simple, minimal but very effective. The ending smashes you over the head and then the film ends. Leaving you to finish the story yourself.
November 18, 2008
kiriyamakazou

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Once again, Ozon explored sexuality and suspension of the humanity. It's an erotic drama that has many depths. It's short but it gives you an uneasy feeling constantly. Nothing was explicitly shown but you could see the symbolism straightaway. The baby was really cute by the way.
January 7, 2013
Sylvester Kuo

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