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When the Sea Rises (Quand la Mer Monte...)

When the Sea Rises (Quand la Mer Monte...) (2004)



Average Rating: 6.5/10
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When the Sea Rises... is the first film written and directed by actress Yolande Moreau (who also stars in the film) and cinematographer Gilles Porte (who also shot the film). Moreau stars as Irène, who is traveling the north of France performing her one-woman show. In the stage show, Irène plays a loud, obese, ugly (she wears a clownish mask) woman who comically confesses murder to the audience. At each performance, she pulls a random man out of the crowd and makes him her accomplice/lover in a

Oct 17, 2006

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (2) | DVD (5)

When the Sea Rises remains a strangely sad love story of rare poetic power.

February 15, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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An eccentric French comedy that is never quite as charming as it intends to be.

February 3, 2006
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A charming, accessible movie that spotlights Moreau's talent against a fanciful cinematic backdrop.

January 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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It's nice to see a love story that deals with mature people. We're not likely to get anything like it from Hollywood.

January 13, 2006
New York Post
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It's a bountiful showcase for Moreau, whose lopsided, squinty beauty grows on you just as it grows on the drifter who eagerly volunteers from the audience each night.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Graced with a magnetic lead performance by Yolande Moreau, this French-Belgian movie follows the road tour of a middle-aged solo comedienne through northern France.

January 12, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Magical and enchanting.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

[When the Sea Rises] treads lightly, but leaves little impression.

November 27, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

An interesting and at times poignant blend of fact and fiction.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It's a distinct and bittersweet story about how romance, however fleeting, can pop up in the most unexpected places.

January 13, 2006

A bittersweet, if somewhat slight, slice of thespian life and love.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

An unlikely romance, one that is impossible not to root for, despite the suggestion of menace that always remains close to the surface.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source:

A delightful romantic comedy about two lovable eccentrics who enjoy playing together.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The film's intimacy is not unlike the similarly wistful romance on the road Lost in Translation or the fanciful My Summer of Love.

January 13, 2006 Full Review Source:

Wondrous quiet acting by all involved.

January 12, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A nicely-developed tale of an unlike romance.

January 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Compuserve

A quirky ode to transient romance and a showbizer's life on the road.

December 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

It's lightweight and rather forgettable but laudable for its honest, respectful treatment of its characters.

August 5, 2005 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
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