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{Winner! Camera d'Or, 2002 Cannes Festival}

What happens in a summer resort during the other seasons of the year? Employing a splendid ensemble cast, SEASIDE follows a group of residents in a French beach town through their work, loves and leisure. Beautiful young Marie works at a factory, sorting pebbles and dreaming of escape. Her boyfriend Paul stifles her with his clumsy love, and things get really awkward when his mother (Bulle Ogier, l'Amour Fou) moves in after gambling away her money on one-arm bandits. Albert, an unmotivated young executive with a doting wife, starts to seem like a regular prince charming to restless Marie. Their lives play out against the changing seasons and a Chekhovian sense that time may be running out, even while enjoying a day at the beach.
89 Minutes, Color, In French with English subtitles

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The breadth of emotions covered by the drama over a calendar year are enhanced by a subtle but poignant use of the landscape...A reminder of how, at its best, French cinema is unparalleled at tapping the essence of humanity in all its forms. --Time Out New York

Leisurely but keenly observed... pleases with its wealth of tiny observations. --Variety

Rarely does a filmmaker emerge so wholly formed, creating a miniature masterpiece first time out. --Film Journal International

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  • Actors: Bulle Ogier, Ludmila Mikaël, Hélène Fillières, Jonathan Zaccaï, Patrick Lizana
  • Directors: Julie Lopes-Curval
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: FIRST RUN FEATURES
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001WTVSE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,681 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Seaside" on IMDb

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The location of the movie is a small seaside resort town on the Bay of Somme in France. The movie covers one summer holiday to the next and the changes that occur mostly to the inhabitants during that period. This is an "over-ensembled" movie; too many protagonists with too many stories to follow.

There is a couple (Paul and Anne) whose relationship falls apart because of the young woman's need to see a world larger than the little town. She works on a manufacturing line sorting pebbles, the town's main business. Paul, who is relatively content with life on the shore has a mother, Rose (Bulle Ogier), a gambling addict busily succumbing to a self-destructive addiction to the slot machines. The heir to the pebble factory, whose mother, Odette (Liliane Rovere) sold it out from under him is now a frustrated and bored employee of the new owner. It is only a matter of time before the bored leave and the complacent and dispirited stay.

There are so many sub-plots, running concurrently with tourists as well as inhabitants, that one begins to suffer from the same ennui that affects certain residents of the town. The most interesting aspect of the movie is that it resonates with the boredom that most small-towns throughout the world produce. People are typed with no chance of breaking out of their type in such a small place. The only thing to do is to leave for the big city and a fresh start.
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In the French film "Seaside," we're introduced to a dying resort village and its many inhabitants. With tourism having dropped to almost nothing, the town's economy is dependent on a local pebble factory that mines the rocks littering the surrounding beaches. This ensemble drama follows the story of a dozen or so interconnected locals and is infused with a general malaise and sadness that is refreshingly honest, but relentlessly bleak. Among the villagers, there is Marie--a young woman yearning for escape. Although involved with a local lifeguard, her connection to a failing businessman begins to provide an unexpected outlet. And in a town where everyone knows your name and your business, rebellion may be brewing.

"Seaside" is a quiet, slice-of-life type of drama that takes place over the course of a year. There isn't much action despite the fact that the plot involves some soapier elements that could have been played for more impact. But this is more internal, more observant, more restrained. The large cast is good, although there are some characters I'd have liked to understand better. In this world of unhappiness, people are just going through the motions--hence the film doesn't explore anyone's motivation in depth. Consequently, it's hard to muster a lot of concern for their plight as we are kept at an emotional distance. Intriguing, yet chilly, I did like the way "Seaside" pulled everyone together for its final moments. It's a quiet film that provides small rewards if you're patient. KGHarris, 2/11.
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Many of these characters' lives were so full of boredom and sadness. The acting was OK, but not great. I had trouble identifying with any of the characters in a film which seemed to jump from subject to subject. No political risks in the movie. They all seemed like strangers. Nice idea for a movie, but they didn't follow through.

Interesting scenery and it was fun to feel like you were experiencing France first hand...those are the only positive parts of the film.
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