The House by the Sea (La villa) (2017)

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Critic Consensus: The House by the Sea takes an unhurried approach to its varied themes -- and rewards viewers' patience with a solidly well-acted character-driven drama.

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In a creek near Marseille, in the depths of the winter, Angele, Joseph and Armand, gather around their aging father. It is the moment for them to measure what they have preserved from the ideal he has transmitted to them, from the world of fraternity he had built in this magical place, around a working-class restaurant, of which Armand the old son, continues to take care. When newcomers come from the sea will upset their thoughts ...

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Critic Reviews for The House by the Sea (La villa)

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (3)

However well-intentioned and well-crafted, there is something self-regarding and stagey in its narrative contrivances.

Jan 11, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Guediguian remains very tuned in to the myriad problems associated with living in a village and on the coast in the 21st century.

Sep 3, 2017 | Full Review…

"The House by the Sea" feels like the work of a filmmaker gazing back over his own filmography as one might across a sparkling blue sea, and observing its tides.

Sep 3, 2017 | Full Review…
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It's a bit hodgepodge, but the three actors are poignantly convincing together.

Jan 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Perhaps something was lost in translation here, and the original French dialogue makes more sense or is less irritatingly trite. But even if that is the case, lazy story work and a uniformly bad cast still sink The House by the Sea.

Jan 18, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

It's beautifully done. Perfectly balanced. Always compassionate.

Jan 14, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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