When the Sea Rises (Quand la Mer Monte...)
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When the Sea Rises (Quand la Mer Monte...)
When the Sea Rises... is the first film written and directed by actress Yolande Moreau (who also stars in the film) and cinematographer Gilles Porte (who also shot the film). Moreau stars as Irène, who is traveling the north of France performing her one-woman show. In the stage show, Irène plays a loud, obese, ugly (she wears a clownish mask) woman who comically confesses murder to the audience. At each performance, she pulls a random man out of the crowd and makes him her accomplice/lover in a mock robbery. One day on the road, Irène's car breaks down, and Dries (Wim Willaert) happens by… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[When the Sea Rises] treads lightly, but leaves little impression."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"A charming, accessible movie that spotlights Moreau's talent against a fanciful cinematic backdrop."
‑ Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger
"Magical and enchanting."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"A bittersweet, if somewhat slight, slice of thespian life and love."
‑ , E! Online
"The film's intimacy is not unlike the similarly wistful romance on the road Lost in Translation or the fanciful My Summer of Love."
‑ Kent Turner, Film-Forward.com
"When the Sea Rises remains a strangely sad love story of rare poetic power."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"It's nice to see a love story that deals with mature people. We're not likely to get anything like it from Hollywood."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"An interesting and at times poignant blend of fact and fiction."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"An unlikely romance, one that is impossible not to root for, despite the suggestion of menace that always remains close to the surface."
‑ Marcy Dermansky, About.com
"Wondrous quiet acting by all involved."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"An eccentric French comedy that is never quite as charming as it intends to be."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"It's a bountiful showcase for Moreau, whose lopsided, squinty beauty grows on you just as it grows on the drifter who eagerly volunteers from the audience each night."
‑ Jami Bernard, New York Daily News
"It's a distinct and bittersweet story about how romance, however fleeting, can pop up in the most unexpected places."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Reel.com
"A delightful romantic comedy about two lovable eccentrics who enjoy playing together."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"A nicely-developed tale of an unlike romance."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
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