Fire at Sea

2016, Documentary, 1h 48m

95 Reviews 1,000+ Ratings

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Fire at Sea offers a clear-eyed yet empathetic look at a corner of the world whose terrain may be unfamiliar to many, but whose people's story remains universal. Read critic reviews

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Life on the island of Lampedusa during the refugee crisis.

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Critic Reviews for Fire at Sea

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  • Fire at Sea is a powerful, and beautifully shot, look at the migrant crisis-one that manages to subvert viewer expectations of what has become for many a familiar news subject.

    June 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Who needs voiceovers when a director's camera has this much to say?

    February 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating study in contrasts, "Fire at Sea' shows how the normal and painfully abnormal exist side by side - the horrific and the serene, the tragic and the mundane, global crisis and daily humdrum.

    January 20, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Though conceived as a humanitarian statement, the movie wouldn't be as memorable or challenging without its quotidian aspect.

    December 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • We feel the bewilderment of the parochial yet decent residents, the helplessness of the well-intentioned yet overwhelmed rescuers, and the anguish and disorientation of the refugees.

    December 7, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • What makes the movie worth seeing, is the sequence with the Africans chanting in the detention center about making it from Africa, through the scorching Sudanese desert and Libya, to Lampedusa.

    October 28, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Fire at Sea is a powerful, and beautifully shot, look at the migrant crisis-one that manages to subvert viewer expectations of what has become for many a familiar news subject.

    June 16, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Who needs voiceovers when a director's camera has this much to say?

    February 3, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A fascinating study in contrasts, "Fire at Sea' shows how the normal and painfully abnormal exist side by side - the horrific and the serene, the tragic and the mundane, global crisis and daily humdrum.

    January 20, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • Though conceived as a humanitarian statement, the movie wouldn't be as memorable or challenging without its quotidian aspect.

    December 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • As if one of Wender's angels descended to observe as closely as possible, Rosi presents his observations without commentary or context.

    June 14, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Rosi has given us a deceptively beautiful picture of a world of constant war.

    January 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fire at Sea

  • Nov 17, 2016
    http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/fire-at-sea-fuocoammare-dir-gianfranco.html
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2016
    A striking look at the European refugee crisis whose fly-on-the-wall directing approach lets it build a revealing portrait of two contrasting realities. Full review on filmotrope. com
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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