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Along with Ms. Ogier, these four actresses [Fillières, Lizana, Mïkaël, Rovère] are the best reasons to see Seaside.
Effective, if less than urgent.
Touching, amusing, sometimes compelling, Seaside is ultimately little more revealing than a weekend visit. It's a sheaf of captivating postcards.
[Lopes-Curval's] achievement is so particularly -- and peculiarly -- realized, evoking the enforced parameters and rhythms of small-town life, that the movie itself begins to feels restrictive.
The story is familiar and the direction doesn't break any new ground. Still, Lopes-Curval's excellent ensemble cast makes Seaside pleasurable viewing.
Compare it to what passes for sophisticated filmmaking in this country and the movie becomes a living instrument of cinematic humanism.
A poignant and often charming but always understated look at drifting lives.
Poles-Curval balances the banal with the sublime in this simply remarkable and very French film.
If you were lolling on the beach, casting your eyes at the scantily clad folks around you and overhearing bits of their conversations, it would be akin to the experience of watching Seaside.
The film's simple beauty lies in the way that Lopes-Curval effortlessly equates life to a passing season.
Stifled passion isn't necessarily engaging, and by focusing on too many characters, it's tough to care about all of these drifting souls.
Rarely does a filmmaker emerge so wholly formed, creating a miniature masterpiece first time out.
"Seaside" gets one thing perfectly right. Namely, what it is like to live in a small, provincial resort village all year round, as it follows a group of characters trapped by one circumstance or another.
The bad news is none of the characters are well-defined enough to care about or to even be of much interest.(One of them might have a gambling problem. I think.) All of which significantly lessens any impact this movie might otherwise have had.
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