Son de Mar Reviews

  • Feb 26, 2020

    A classic Bigas Luna attack on flawed, narcissistic masculinity. The alpha-male (he thinks so anyway!) property developer is an obvious target. The poet, Ulises, is explored in a more subtle and surprising way but ultimately revealed to be an equally manipulative narcissist. This is a powerful and engaging film and leaves the viewer with some very memorable visual images.

    A classic Bigas Luna attack on flawed, narcissistic masculinity. The alpha-male (he thinks so anyway!) property developer is an obvious target. The poet, Ulises, is explored in a more subtle and surprising way but ultimately revealed to be an equally manipulative narcissist. This is a powerful and engaging film and leaves the viewer with some very memorable visual images.

  • Feb 09, 2013

    (*** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] An interesting and sexy film.

    (*** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/img] An interesting and sexy film.

  • Mar 11, 2012

    Bigas Luna's 2001 film SON DE MAR is a tragic tale of sex and death on the southeast coast of Spain. The dashing Ulises (Jordi Mollà) moves to a seaside village to teach literature, and soon begins a relationship with the alluring Martina (Leonor Watling), the daughter of his landlord. After marriage and children, Ulises wants his freedom back, so he takes off into the unknown, and Martina remarries with Sierra (Eduard Fernández), the wealthy property investor who has pursued her the whole time. Ulises's return after several years creates a love triangle that ends in a sordid way. This is essentially a soap opera, and one that relies on sex scenes far too much in order to pass the time. How much sex is here? Well, by the end of the film (or even at the midpoint), a nude Leonor Watling will no longer seem especially enticing. That must be the very definition of overdoing it. Still, it has a few elements that elevate it above total vacuity. For one, Ulises seduces Martina by quoting from the Aeneid, and though his repeated use of the same quotation to do so becomes tiresome, it's rather novel that Virgil's dusty old text is exploited for erotic potential. Also, Bigas Luna has a knack for writing tragedy in the conventional sense (protagonists with a fatal flaw), and the ending is quite memorable.

    Bigas Luna's 2001 film SON DE MAR is a tragic tale of sex and death on the southeast coast of Spain. The dashing Ulises (Jordi Mollà) moves to a seaside village to teach literature, and soon begins a relationship with the alluring Martina (Leonor Watling), the daughter of his landlord. After marriage and children, Ulises wants his freedom back, so he takes off into the unknown, and Martina remarries with Sierra (Eduard Fernández), the wealthy property investor who has pursued her the whole time. Ulises's return after several years creates a love triangle that ends in a sordid way. This is essentially a soap opera, and one that relies on sex scenes far too much in order to pass the time. How much sex is here? Well, by the end of the film (or even at the midpoint), a nude Leonor Watling will no longer seem especially enticing. That must be the very definition of overdoing it. Still, it has a few elements that elevate it above total vacuity. For one, Ulises seduces Martina by quoting from the Aeneid, and though his repeated use of the same quotation to do so becomes tiresome, it's rather novel that Virgil's dusty old text is exploited for erotic potential. Also, Bigas Luna has a knack for writing tragedy in the conventional sense (protagonists with a fatal flaw), and the ending is quite memorable.

  • Aug 21, 2011

    Leonor Watling. Preciosa!

    Leonor Watling. Preciosa!

  • Jul 15, 2011

    A bit of a waste of time. Why did I bother with this one? Downloaded it dubbed into Italian, and with lousy English subs, possibly the most interesting part of the movie. It's the softest of soft porn, dressed up with an unbelievable narrative, without a single character whose motives are laudable. Even the wee boy loves diving for coins above all other occupations. There is a passionate love at its core - even beyond the grave - but no other redeeming feature.

    A bit of a waste of time. Why did I bother with this one? Downloaded it dubbed into Italian, and with lousy English subs, possibly the most interesting part of the movie. It's the softest of soft porn, dressed up with an unbelievable narrative, without a single character whose motives are laudable. Even the wee boy loves diving for coins above all other occupations. There is a passionate love at its core - even beyond the grave - but no other redeeming feature.

  • Jan 05, 2011

    old wine in new bottle ! only accountable was the expressions

    old wine in new bottle ! only accountable was the expressions

  • Karl V Super Reviewer
    Feb 23, 2009

    Just a simple Spanish soap opera with predictable "twists" and cliche performances. I think there was about 8 or 9 different sex scenes in this movie. They were mostly nice...especially the lead actresses' tits...but then when you get to see the lead actor's dick beard...it gets old real fast. Oh, and the ending sucked my dick twice.

    Just a simple Spanish soap opera with predictable "twists" and cliche performances. I think there was about 8 or 9 different sex scenes in this movie. They were mostly nice...especially the lead actresses' tits...but then when you get to see the lead actor's dick beard...it gets old real fast. Oh, and the ending sucked my dick twice.

  • Jan 03, 2009

    Hermosa musica, bella actriz, tema interesante.

    Hermosa musica, bella actriz, tema interesante.

  • Dec 09, 2008

    "Sound of the Sea" is a great love story, if you liked highly erotic foriegn films such as "Sex and Lucia" this one is for you.

    "Sound of the Sea" is a great love story, if you liked highly erotic foriegn films such as "Sex and Lucia" this one is for you.

  • Aug 01, 2008

    A very refreshing and original take from catalan director Bigas Luna. Son de Mar presents the dilemma between love, material wealth and being given the choice between them. Performances are very good all around. Leonor Watling's character is downright detestable because of the "blindness" of her love towards her first husband, which at the same time, makes her into one of the finest actresses in Spanish modern cinema. She evokes emotions and passion through her conflicting behavior. The poetic element of the story gets old very fast and one must wonder if Bigas Luna intended for the same line about the sea to be repeated over and over again but this movie will generate a high amount of controversy and debate as it is because of the solid performances, cinematography and script. Rock on, Leonor!

    A very refreshing and original take from catalan director Bigas Luna. Son de Mar presents the dilemma between love, material wealth and being given the choice between them. Performances are very good all around. Leonor Watling's character is downright detestable because of the "blindness" of her love towards her first husband, which at the same time, makes her into one of the finest actresses in Spanish modern cinema. She evokes emotions and passion through her conflicting behavior. The poetic element of the story gets old very fast and one must wonder if Bigas Luna intended for the same line about the sea to be repeated over and over again but this movie will generate a high amount of controversy and debate as it is because of the solid performances, cinematography and script. Rock on, Leonor!