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When the Sea Rises (2004)

 Wim Willaert, Olivier Gourmet Yolande Moreau  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors:  Wim Willaert, Olivier Gourmet Yolande Moreau
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: October 17, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GYI3IQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,937 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "When the Sea Rises" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews


"A bittersweet road film that approaches the eloquence of Fellini’s LA STRADA." -- Stephen Holden, THE NEW YORK TIMES

"A strangely sad love story of a rare poetic power... don’t miss it." -- Andrew Sarris, THE NEW YORK OBSERVER

"An artfully engaging comedy." -- Shauna Lyon, THE NEW YORKER

"Magical and enchanting. A hilarious satire on romance." -- Maria Garcia, FILM JOURNAL INTERNATIONAL

"Quirky... whimsical [and] infused with an atmosphere of genial, humanistic warmth." -- Nick Schager, SLANT MAGAZINE

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WHEN THE SEA RISES (Winner 2005 César, Best First Film) is a sweet and genuinely off-beat romantic comedy written and directed by acclaimed French comedienne Yolande Moreau (AMELIE, THE HORSEMAN ON THE ROOF, VAGABOND) and cinematographer Gilles Porte. Showcasing outstanding performances by Moreau (Winner 2005 César, Best Actress) and newcomer Wim Willaert, WHEN THE SEA RISES tells the story of Irene (Moreau), a 45-year-old actress traveling from one small town to another with her one-woman show. Slyly funny in her masked onstage persona, Irene is a genial pro at touring alone, phoning home to her husband and child and sleeping in a new hotel each night. Things change when a scooter-driving vagabond named Dries (Willaert) fixes her stalled car. After accepting an invitation to her show, Dries soon appears at every stop on tour as her "randomly selected" audience participant. What develops is a remarkably natural and tender affair between two true eccentrics, their exuberance and playfulness mixing with a mature, mutual longing. Moreau and Porte’s debut is a lovingly made and deeply personal film. It is also a bittersweet valentine to the intensely intimate (and cruelly transient) nature of love on the road.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gem September 26, 2007
This film is both cinematically beautiful and a beautifully written story of an independent woman who is a talented actress and how she happens to meet someone who falls in love with her when she isn't looking. The film is multi-layered and can be appreciated from either the woman's or the man's point of view. It reminds me of the film ONCE which is just as special. A real gem for people who like independent films. A gripper from start to finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely romantic road trip! October 28, 2012
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Words fail as I try to review this film adequately. But I will try, as I think it should be brought to a larger audience. I'd never heard of the film and I only recognized the star, Yolande Moreau, later, from "Seraphine" another remarkable film.

I recently saw another romantic road trip, "Take Me Home" which was made in America. I liked it quite a bit, but after seeing this film I have to comment on the difference in the two. The American film follows a set formula--two very attractive young people meet in New York and travel West. They encounter typical road trip problems, run out of money, get lost in the desert and hate each other. And, of course during the trip they overcome their personal differences, fall in love and live together happilly ever after.

In this film, the two characters are not movie-star beautiful. The woman is middle aged and a plus size. The fellow looks like someone you'd see hanging around a 7-11. I'm not knocking the American film; it's just that this one is so original and realistic and charmingly off-beat that it beats the other one hands down. I forgot the American one right after seeing it; this one has stayed with me for days.

Yolande Moreau, in spite of her large size, is enchanting as you get to know her. What a delight to see a film that shows that beauty comes in all sizes and shapes as well as ages.
She plays a strange character, again by American standards. She is apparently married with a child and a home that she and her husband are in the process of redecorating. She calls him on her cell phone after her stage performances. But she is a performer. The Netflix review calls her a performance artist but I wouldn't call her that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Romantic February 14, 2010
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Nice to see a female protagonist who isn't 5'6", 105 pounds, and dumb, i.e. an American starlet. If you enjoy European cinema, this is an eccentric little film that has some haunting imagery. I loved it.
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