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Julie Lopes-Curval's debut feature, Seaside, closely observes the lives of about a dozen citizens in a small French village. Paul (Jonathan Zaccai) works as a lifeguard. His sister is employed at the local casino, a building frequented by their mother, Rose (Bulle Ogier). Rose is retired from a factory that currently employs Paul's significant other, Marie (Helene Fillieres), and is lorded over by Albert (Patrick Lizana), the fourth generation of his family to run the business. Over the course of one year, the lives and fortunes of these people intertwine and change in major and minor… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

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"Along with Ms. Ogier, these four actresses [Fillières, Lizana, Mïkaël, Rovère] are the best reasons to see Seaside."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"[Lopes-Curval's] achievement is so particularly -- and peculiarly -- realized, evoking the enforced parameters and rhythms of small-town life, that the movie itself begins to feels restrictive."
‑ Elvis Mitchell, New York Times
"A poignant and often charming but always understated look at drifting lives."
‑ Duane Dudek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"The film's simple beauty lies in the way that Lopes-Curval effortlessly equates life to a passing season."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"Writer-director Julie Lopes-Curval's film is commendable for its resolute honesty in depicting unabating starkness in both scenery and existence, but cinematically galvanizing it's not."
‑ Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine
"Effective, if less than urgent."
‑ John Anderson, Newsday
"The story is familiar and the direction doesn't break any new ground. Still, Lopes-Curval's excellent ensemble cast makes Seaside pleasurable viewing."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Poles-Curval balances the banal with the sublime in this simply remarkable and very French film."
‑ Les Wright,
"Stifled passion isn't necessarily engaging, and by focusing on too many characters, it's tough to care about all of these drifting souls."
‑ , E! Online
"Seaside is splendid exploration of the power of place and the small changes that give our lives meaning."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Touching, amusing, sometimes compelling, Seaside is ultimately little more revealing than a weekend visit. It's a sheaf of captivating postcards."
‑ Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger
"Compare it to what passes for sophisticated filmmaking in this country and the movie becomes a living instrument of cinematic humanism."
‑ Michael Atkinson, Village Voice
"If you were lolling on the beach, casting your eyes at the scantily clad folks around you and overhearing bits of their conversations, it would be akin to the experience of watching Seaside."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Rarely does a filmmaker emerge so wholly formed, creating a miniature masterpiece first time out."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"Director Julie Lopes-Curval's deeply thoughtful first feature explores the factors and forces, notably class difference, that determine the direction one's life takes."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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