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The dialogue consists of almost comically generic self-help pabulum, uttered with the pseudo sincerity of someone pretending it's something enlightening. It's not.
Instead of a hearty chowder of emotional highs and lows, first-time director Alexander Janko, who also adapted the script, settles for a diluted, Campbell's-Soup version of getting one's groove back.
"Year by the Sea" is for audiences who don't trust the shiftiness of nuance and craft, of messages that rise up from dramatic situations rather than being pasted on top of them, and who would prefer their life lessons stated loudly ...
The soundtrack alone, with its intrusive string of montage-backing soft rock tunes, could shut down less forgiving viewers.
A figurative and nearly retch-inducing celebration of the ovary.
The movie is not entirely my cup of tea, although it is refreshing in its depiction of diverse, older female characters.
A quiet movie, as it should be. Joan finds herself because she slows down and listens to her own needs and wants, to nature and the day-to-day rhythms of the village she's become a temporary part of.
Joan will no doubt be relatable for many longtime spouses who have spent their lifetimes focused on the needs of their children.
The characters in the self-discovery melodrama Year by the Sea are in danger of drowning -- not in the cold North Atlantic waters, but in the tidal wave of maritime metaphors unleashed by the script.
"Sea" is little more than a lame excuse for good actors to embarrass themselves by uttering eye-rolling bromides about aging gracefully.
[Year by the Sea] is not a film trying to show the extraordinary in the mundane, but rather create a space for characters like Joan to figure out what they can become.
Subtly sincere, if soggy, renewal melodrama. If you liked EAT PRAY LOVE, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN and 45 YEARS, you'll enjoy this....
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