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See the Sea (1997)

Regarde la mer (original title)
Unrated | | Thriller | 28 August 1998 (USA)
While waiting her husband return from a business trip, a young woman with a baby is getting close with a strange woman traveler.

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François Ozon

Writer:

François Ozon
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sasha Hails Sasha Hails ... Sasha
Marina de Van ... Tatiana (as Marina De Van)
Samantha Samantha ... Sioffra, The Baby
Paul Raoux Paul Raoux ... Sasha's Husband
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Storyline

Sasha, a young British woman, is living with her baby daughter at Ile d'Yeu, a peaceful beach community. A stranger appears. Her name is Tatiana, she's passing through, and pitches her tent in Sasha's yard. The two women build an odd rapport, and tension builds as events unfold. Written by Eileen Berdon <eberdon@aol.com>

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Country:

France

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French | English

Release Date:

28 August 1998 (USA) See more »

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See the Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

Ile d'Yeu, Vendée, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,268, 30 August 1998

Gross USA:

$49,476
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Color
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The character Sasha was written specifically for Sasha Hails. Her character was given a young daughter so that Hails could work alongside her own infant daughter and not have to be separated from her while the film was being shot. See more »

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Referenced in Het glazen huis: Eigen agenda (2005) See more »

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Panis Angelicus
Written by Thomas Aquinas
Performed by Aafje Heynis
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Catch it while you can
8 October 1998 | by Carlito-7See all my reviews

This is flat out brilliant film-making - right up there with Hitchcock, Kurosawa, Ford, or anyone else you can name. It functions on multiple levels, the simplest of which is as a thriller which will keep you on edge for 52 minutes - and stays with you a long time after. It's done in a traditional French style - minimal dialogue, almost no music (1 pivotal scene), maximum use of visuals to tell story. The director doesn't need to tell the audience where to go emotionally with heavy handed music cues or dialogue - he knows exactly where he's taking us and lets the images speak for themselves. It's ironic that French films are sometimes thought of as pretentious, because this film is made so simply and fluidly. I heard it said that the best way to tell a story is to get out of its way and let it tell itself. I'd put this one in my top twenty of all time.


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