Seaside (2002)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 6, 2002
DVD Release Date: July 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

Along with Ms. Ogier, these four actresses [Fillières, Lizana, Mïkaël, Rovère] are the best reasons to see Seaside.

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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times

[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.

Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

A poignant and often charming but always understated look at drifting lives.

John Anderson

Effective, if less than urgent.

V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The story is familiar and the direction doesn't break any new ground. Still, Lopes-Curval's excellent ensemble cast makes Seaside pleasurable viewing.

Les Wright

Poles-Curval balances the banal with the sublime in this simply remarkable and very French film.

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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger

Touching, amusing, sometimes compelling, Seaside is ultimately little more revealing than a weekend visit. It's a sheaf of captivating postcards.

Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Compare it to what passes for sophisticated filmmaking in this country and the movie becomes a living instrument of cinematic humanism.

Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 13% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
"Seaside" gets one thing perfectly right. Namely, what it is like to live in a small, provincial resort village all year round, as it follows a group… More