The House by the Sea (La villa) Reviews

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June 13, 2019
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]
January 22, 2019
It's a bit hodgepodge, but the three actors are poignantly convincing together.
January 14, 2019
It's beautifully done. Perfectly balanced. Always compassionate.
January 14, 2019
So the film throws up a tangle of interesting ideas. It gradually becomes more nuanced than it at first appears as its characters slowly become more rounded and sympathetic.
January 13, 2019
It's well-meaning and the naturalistic performances are persuasive. But there's a certain rheumatic stiffness to the writing, which treads rather heavily as it negotiates themes that would benefit from a lighter step.
January 11, 2019
Children and parents, love and death, memories, class and values and this is the little world and world at large. Go and watch this film if you like your films slow, melodic and thoughtful!
January 11, 2019
A languorous look at family and modernity that only just manages to give each their due.
January 10, 2019
Anyone who enjoys classic French art house drama will find plenty to relish here.
January 10, 2019
Robert Guediguian avoids melodrama, allowing space for actors to create realistically messy characters who are easy to identify with.
January 9, 2019
An immensely intelligent and absorbing drama.
January 9, 2019
Challenging the truism that you can never go home, this doesn't entirely integrate its political subtext. But the storylines are involving, the setting is picturesque and the performances are impeccable.
January 7, 2019
A surprising tribute to the work of Yasujiro Ozu that is somewhat diminished by its noble sub plot. [Full Review in Spanish]
January 7, 2019
Working with many of his regular actors, Guédiguian creates an engaging if mournful film filled with heartfelt moments but also prone to stumble in some crassly handled key flashbacks.
September 6, 2018
[Director Robert] Guédiguian's sensitivity... makes history envelop us with its framework of past and present. [Full review in Spanish]
July 10, 2018
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]
April 18, 2018
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]
April 10, 2018
As exciting as it is bitter... [Full Review in Spanish]
March 20, 2018
Robert Guédiguian shows an unusual poetic vigor. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 19, 2018
... that wonderful trio of actors still does not disappoint. [Full review in Spanish]
September 5, 2017
The House By the Sea is ultimately a deeply satisfying and occasionally moving experience.
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