The Sea
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Grieving after the death of his wife, art historian Max Morden returns to the sleepy seaside resort where he spent summers as a child. Max lodges at a boarding house he once frequented, where frosty proprietor Miss Vavasour, and eccentric resident Blunden, now reside. Before long - and despite protestations from his daughter Clare - Max revisits the ghosts of his past. Max's mind returns to an idyllic summer in 1955 when, as a child, he encountered the Grace family. Carlo and Connie were unlike any adults he had met before: nonchalant, bohemian and filled with worldly grace and candour.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film can't match the novel's elegant, startlingly excellent Booker-Prize-winning writing, but the cast is first-class."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Though a flawed piece of cinema, The Sea marks a quite promising debut for Brown, as a film that certainly stays with you long after the credits roll."
‑ Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys
"A lugubriously literary affair."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Observer [UK]
"The film, evocatively shot by John Conroy and with a haunting score by Andrew Hewitt, moves gracefully between periods in its protagonist's life and captures his sense of yearning and loss."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"John Banville reduces his Booker prizewinner to jumbled pound-shop Proustisms."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"This good, middlebrow adaptation ... sacrifices much of the novel's structural intricacy for Masterpiece-style emotional accessibility."
‑ Guy Lodge, Variety
"What we have is a 90-minute mood piece, then, which is all well and good. But 90 minutes is still a long time to be caught in a depressive undertow."
‑ Hilary A White, Irish Independent
"Stick with the book."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Radio Times
"Despite Ciarán Hinds' best efforts, The Sea is a dull-as-dishwater melodrama."
‑ Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies
"Nobly acted and always reaching for a dreamlike resonance, The Sea is an adaptation of John Banville's Man Booker Prize-winning novel - he also wrote the screenplay."
‑ Antonia Quirke, Financial Times
"Ciarán Hinds engages in some pointlessly dour Irish brooding at the beach."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"We are always striving for inner worlds that, expressed fully on the page, remain stubbornly inaccessible to the camera."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"The characters do a lot of crying; viewers are more likely to giggle."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"Shot with some verve on the coast of south east Ireland, it's a handsome and painstaking effort, though rarely one which breathes independently as a film."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"[Hinds] carries it easily, but it's impossible to escape the sense that Banville's work is best experienced on paper."
‑ Ed Holden, Total Film
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