The House by the Sea (La villa)

Critics 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.



Total Count: 25


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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 ...


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

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (2)

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

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

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • A languorous look at family and modernity that only just manages to give each their due.

    Jan 11, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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…

    Jessica Kiang

    Top Critic
  • The house by the sea is the most skeptical and taciturn work of the director who always showed the greatest social optimism in contemporary French cinema. [Full Review in Spanish]

    Jun 13, 2019 | Full Review…

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