The Sea
The Sea (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
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Cath Clarke
Time Out

The film can't match the novel's elegant, startlingly excellent Booker-Prize-winning writing, but the cast is first-class.

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MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Ciarán Hinds engages in some pointlessly dour Irish brooding at the beach.

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Donald Clarke
Irish Times

We are always striving for inner worlds that, expressed fully on the page, remain stubbornly inaccessible to the camera.

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Guy Lodge

This good, middlebrow adaptation ... sacrifices much of the novel's structural intricacy for Masterpiece-style emotional accessibility.

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Stefan Pape

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.

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Jonathan Romney
Observer (UK)

A lugubriously literary affair.

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Adam Fresco

The Sea, depending on your arthouse cinema stance, is either wonderfully languid, self-indulgent torture, or just plain bloody torture.

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Hilary A White
Sunday Independent (Ireland)

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.

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Trevor Johnston
Radio Times

Stick with the book.

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