See the Sea (1998)
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Ozon subtly lets on that something is not quite right here, but keeps us utterly in the dark until the final shocking images.
Ozon's minimalist work is an edgy thriller that keeps one glued to the screen in anticipation.
Generally effective in its sometimes subtle depiction of escalating malice.
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Audience Reviews for See the Sea
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.
An unsettling film. Progressively ominous and exquisitely directed.
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.
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