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

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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)

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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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A surprising tribute to the work of Yasujiro Ozu that is somewhat diminished by its noble sub plot. [Full Review in Spanish]

Oct 1, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

[Director Robert] Guédiguian's sensitivity... makes history envelop us with its framework of past and present. [Full review in Spanish]

Sep 6, 2018 | Full Review…

What the film makes clear is that to achieve the future we want, we must learn to master the past, something that the Russian writer Anton Chekhov had already developed in some of his dramas. [Full review in Spanish]

Jul 10, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The story ends when the protagonists are finally able to look to the future without qualms, despite their past and despite, also, themselves. [Full review in Spanish]

Apr 17, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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