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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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Cast

Charlotte Rampling
as Miss Vavasour
Ciarán Hinds
as Max Morden
Natascha McElhone
as Connie Grace
Rufus Sewell
as Carlo Grace
Sinead Cusack
as Anna Morden
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Critic Reviews for The Sea

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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.

July 6, 2017 | Full Review…

The characters do a lot of crying; viewers are more likely to giggle.

April 18, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The film, evocatively shot by John Conroy and with a haunting score by Andrew Hewitt, moves gracefully between periods in its protagonist's life and captures his sense of yearning and loss.

April 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Despite Ciarán Hinds' best efforts, The Sea is a dull-as-dishwater melodrama.

April 17, 2014 | Rating: 2/5

Shot with some verve on the coast of south east Ireland, it's a handsome and painstaking effort, though rarely one which breathes independently as a film.

April 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

John Banville reduces his Booker prizewinner to jumbled pound-shop Proustisms.

April 16, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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