The Sea

2013

The Sea (2013)

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Grieving after the death of his wife, art historian Max Morden returns to the sleepy seaside resort where he spent summers as a child. Max lodges at a boarding house he once frequented, where frosty proprietor Miss Vavasour, and eccentric resident Blunden, now reside. Before long - and despite protestations from his daughter Clare - Max revisits the ghosts of his past. Max's mind returns to an idyllic summer in 1955 when, as a child, he encountered the Grace family. Carlo and Connie were unlike any adults he had met before: nonchalant, bohemian and filled with worldly grace and candour. Young Max befriends the young Grace twins, Chloe and Myles, and his fascination for this unconventional clan transforms into intimacy and love. Meanwhile, the children's young nanny Rose, an outsider like Max, regards the Grace's new surrogate with quiet suspicion. While Max attempts to deal with the loss of his wife, and recalls moments with his departed partner Anna, he also confronts a distant trauma from the past. This film is a haunting, uplifting, meditation on the human condition - at times elegiac, poetic, and nostalgic. A story of memory, love, loss, regret... and the persistent possibility of rebirth.

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All Critics (20) | Top Critics (3)

Though handsomely photographed and featuring a compelling cast, the Ireland-set memory piece ... will leave audiences wondering how much more satisfying the muted drama might be on the page.

Jul 6, 2017 | Full Review…

The film can't match the novel's elegant, startlingly excellent Booker-Prize-winning writing, but the cast is first-class.

Apr 15, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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This good, middlebrow adaptation ... sacrifices much of the novel's structural intricacy for Masterpiece-style emotional accessibility.

Jul 4, 2013 | Full Review…
Variety
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The stalwart talents involved bolster this drama.

Aug 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

As grief-porn goes, The Sea washes up closer to Every Thing Will Be Fine than Louder Than Bombs.

Jul 6, 2017 | Full Review…

The Sea, depending on your arthouse cinema stance, is either wonderfully languid, self-indulgent torture, or just plain bloody torture.

Jan 28, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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