When the Sea Rises (Quand la Mer Monte...) (2006)

When the Sea Rises (Quand la Mer Monte...) (2006)



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When the Sea Rises... is the first film written and directed by actress Yolande Moreau (who also stars in the film) and cinematographer Gilles Porte (who also shot the film). Moreau stars as Irène, who is traveling the north of France performing her one-woman show. In the stage show, Irène plays a loud, obese, ugly (she wears a clownish mask) woman who comically confesses murder to the audience. At each performance, she pulls a random man out of the crowd and makes him her accomplice/lover in a mock robbery. One day on the road, Irène's car breaks down, and Dries (Wim Willaert) happens by on his scooter and rescues her. She gratefully gives him tickets to that night's performance. Spotting him with his friends in the audience, she pulls him up on stage, making him her "chicken" for that show. After the show, Dries and his friends invite her out for a drink. The next night, Dries shows up in the audience again, but gets thrown out when he gets into an argument with some rude latecomers. Irène catches him in her dressing room after the show, and gives him hell. But outside, she sees he's been in a fight and had his tires slashed, so she gives him a ride home. Dries is also a performer of sorts, building and operating giant costumes for parades throughout the region. Irène has a husband and child waiting for her back home, but she's caught off guard by Dries' attentions. When she leaves town, he impulsively follows, and the two fall into an unlikely romance. When the Sea Rises... was shown by the Film Society of Lincoln Center as part of their 2005 Rendez-Vous with French Cinema. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy
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Philippe Duquesne
as Le patron du café des géants
Bouli Lanners
as Le patron du marché
Severine Caneele
as La femme de chambre
Jackie Berroyer
as Le journaliste Béthune
Olivier Gourmet
as Le policier
Jacques Bonnaffé
as Le serveur de bord de mer
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Critic Reviews for When the Sea Rises (Quand la Mer Monte...)

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (9)

[When the Sea Rises] treads lightly, but leaves little impression.

November 27, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

When the Sea Rises remains a strangely sad love story of rare poetic power.

February 15, 2006
New York Observer
Top Critic

An eccentric French comedy that is never quite as charming as it intends to be.

February 3, 2006
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A charming, accessible movie that spotlights Moreau's talent against a fanciful cinematic backdrop.

January 19, 2006
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

It's nice to see a love story that deals with mature people. We're not likely to get anything like it from Hollywood.

January 13, 2006
New York Post
Top Critic

It's a bountiful showcase for Moreau, whose lopsided, squinty beauty grows on you just as it grows on the drifter who eagerly volunteers from the audience each night.

January 13, 2006
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for When the Sea Rises (Quand la Mer Monte...)

bittersweet is the word for it, very sweet but, as in Sholem Aleykhem's writings "laughter through tears." A comedy on the surface, with all the infinite solitude of the human condition hiding behind it. Wonderful acting by the female lead. She is able, quietly and with her back to camera, to convey the entire film in th way she delivers her last five words.

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