EIFF: The Sea (2013)

Yes, that's how I felt after the film too.

Yes, that’s how I felt after the film too.

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INTRODUCTION. A man in mourning of his departed wife chooses to revisit the past, the site of another tragedy, by disappearing to his home town by the sea. I had high hopes for this films and its cast. While the latter gave excellent performances, I’m sorry to say that The Sea ultimately disappointed

CHARACTERS. It isn’t everyday that we come across a persona who is altogether sad, pitiable and yet strangely difficult to support. I felt no real concern for the protagonist Max Morden- there is a scene during the film in which he acknowledges this, that he is not one of the ‘good’ people, and I suppose that made me wonder: exactly how intentional was this characteristic? I found the female characters to be more sympathetic and interesting although all of the personalities in The Sea are by and large credible. Morden the most credible simply because he is the most flawed; clumsy and graceless compared to those around him. Perhaps a clever reflection of his perceptions. 

STORY. Many films that throw us into flashbacks and tragic retrospectives tend to be disjointed. It isn’t a bad trait and I must admit that director Stephen Brown utilized some very clever visual as well as conversational techniques when blinking to the past. He distinguishes these timelines with equally haunting bleak and sunny imageries. But the admiration stops there. The Sea isn’t anything new; as far as dramas go, it’s been done before and probably with more heart. I kept expecting something extraordinary to happen, to come along and prove me wrong. It never did. 

CONCLUSION. Unless you are an avid fan of its actors I wouldn’t spend the money to see this in the cinema. There was so much potential that had gone to waste! No audience enjoys that dreadful sensation of the theater lights jolting on while they look at each other wondering, “Is that it? Is that all?”

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Yours Truly,

N

CHARACTERS: 6.5/10
STORY: 4/10
REWATCH FACTOR: 1/10
OVERALL:5/10
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