See the Sea

1997 [FRENCH]

Drama / Thriller

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh100%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright72%
IMDb Rating6.8102212

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473.62 MB
Multiple languages 2.0
25 fps
12 hr 51 min
P/S 13 / 37
879.04 MB
Multiple languages 2.0
25 fps
12 hr 51 min
P/S 9 / 60

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Reviewed by Rogue-327 / 10

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

Francois Ozon once again demonstrates his confidence in his intensely brilliant story-telling abilities, creating a downright unsettling atmosphere where you, as the viewer, aren't sure what is going to happen but you sense it's not going to end well. And then afterwards, you are left thinking about what you've seen and realizing that the 'clues' were there all along, some subtle and some not-so-subtle.

I would say this movie is basically a cautionary tale, about what can happen to one who is carelessly focused on one's own needs, who doesn't pick up on what is going on in a potentially dangerous situation. -=- SPOILER ALERT -=- The mother has all the signals that something is very wrong with the backpacker, particularly when she sneaks into her tent and finds the extremely disturbing book with her insane scribblings and drawings, but she is so consumed by her OWN needs that she overlooks these signals. Big mistake.

Reviewed by colettesplace8 / 10

Note: This is a review of the collected short films of Francois Ozon, with particular reference to the collection's centrepiece, Regarde la Mer (See the Sea).

It's not until a feature filmmaker reaches a certain status that their short films are released beyond the festival circuit. Now the short work of Francois Ozon is available on DVD after a short cinematic release.

Ozon offers impressive tapas here, with concise, impeccably structured short films. Plot twists are reminiscent of Roald Dahl, while the sensual undercurrents approach Anais Nin's erotica, without being nearly as explicit.

In Summer Dress (1996, 15 minutes),two gay teenagers are on holiday at French beach community Isle d'Yeu. While wasp-waisted Sebastian mimes to 'Bang! Bang!', by chanteuse Sheila, his lover Luc begs him to be more discreet. Until Luc dallies with the older, knowing Lucia at the local 'beat'. After Luc's forced to wear her dress home, he comes out of the closet.

The cinematography is flashback 1950s, with azure sea, bronzed boys in swimming trunks and rose-red lips. But this nostalgia avoids sentimentality, instead increasing the dreamlike quality of Luc's experience. And the interplay between the characters demonstrates an essential sexual fluidity present in all Ozon's films – although his characters may have definite sexual orientations, there's no guarantee they'll follow them. In addition, as gay auteur Ozon's focus of desire is men, it liberates his women from the 'male gaze' and allows them to be more interesting.

Sharing the same island setting as Summer Dress, the standout film of the collection is See the Sea (1997, 52 minutes).

Englishwoman Sasha (Sasha Hails) is holidaying alone with her baby daughter when ill-kempt backpacker Tatiana (Marina de Van) pitches her tent in the backyard. From the first, something is not quite right about Tatiana, but lonely Sasha wants someone to babysit. As the suspense develops, Tatiana becomes more repellent but also fascinating, an earthy id to Sasha's ego. At the same time, while Sasha may be clearly normal, she is also a careless mother. While, the relationship between the two is reminiscent of Ozon's Swimming Pool, the outcome is much darker. ****/***** stars.

Reviewed by lulu188 / 10

Truly frightening

I taped this due to the recommend in the NYT television section and it was right. I kept getting apprehensive from the moment the backpacker turns up. The suspense of approaching terror reminded me of the growing sense of horror in Chabrol's Le Ceremonie.

Two quibbles: what mother would leave her baby in the bathtub for only a few seconds. And what mother would leave her baby alone on the beach? The mother obviously had a dark side to begin with; she was lonely (trying to reach her husband for several times without success) and was an easy prey to the backpacker. While the ending horrified me, it shouldn't have surprised me. What was great is the movie didn't drag on and was short.

Definitely worth watching and it left me shaken for a long time after-wards. Like Le Ceremonie, it will remain in my memory. Horror doesn't mean slash and gore.

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