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See the Sea
See the Sea
Actors: Sasha Hails, Marina de Van, Samantha, Paul Raoux, Nicolas Brevière
Director: François Ozon
Genres: Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
UR     2003     0hr 52min

Sasha is a young mother staying in the idyllic resort island of Yeu with her baby, awaiting her husband?s return from Paris. Her solitude is broken by the appearance of Tatiana, a brooding backpacker who asks to camp outsi...  more »


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Actors: Sasha Hails, Marina de Van, Samantha, Paul Raoux, Nicolas Brevière
Director: François Ozon
Creators: Sasha Hails, Marina de Van, Nicolas Brevière, Yorick Le Saux, François Ozon, Jeanne Moutard, Marc Missonnier, Olivier Delbosc
Genres: Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Zeitgeist Films
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/21/2003
Original Release Date: 08/28/1998
Theatrical Release Date: 08/28/1998
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 0hr 52min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
Edition: Special Edition
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: French
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Scary, erotic, to the point
Heather Lowe | Corning NY | 05/30/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ozon doesn't mess around with REGARDE LA MER. There simply aren't any extraneous details...everything works together to produce a big ole feeling of dread, the likes of which I haven't experienced in too many other movies. The mother's carelessness and the drifter's sickness are trains rushing at each other on the same track; we only wonder how and when they're going to crash. Beautifully filmed and capably acted, Regarde La Mer is more than just a psychological thriller. It's a work of art.(By the way, the title is a play on words, because the French word mere (mother) sounds like mer (sea). And the title "Look at the Mother" tells you more about the movie than does "See the Sea.")"
Suspense that pays
Heather Lowe | 08/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It may be Francois Ozon's time. While his recent films CRIMINAL LOVERS and WATER DROPS ON BURNING ROCKS are excellent studies in the costs of identity and self-transformation, repression and want, neither film (nor his other film, the darkly comic SITCOM) delivers the powerful suspense of SEE THE SEA. This brooding and gorgeous film is a dark examination of the issues that Ozon continues to explore; infidelity, punishment, and libidinous violence. While these themes, in the hands of a lesser director, might play out in predictable and visually sterile scenarios, Ozon explores them with a deft touch that includes a gracefully moving camera, saturated colors, and performances that will haunt you. The tensions that build and finally climax in SEE THE SEA are palpable and horrifying, and despite our best hopes, Ozon does not flinch in giving us the ending that Hollywood never would. I can't recommend it highly enough... a suspense film that delivers more bang in 54 minutes than most directors ever do. Ozon's latest works have grown aesthetically and broadened in scope and theme, but nothing touches this taut and haunting classic. A MUST SEE."
Severe contrasts
Heather Lowe | 05/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"See the Sea is an eerie portrayal of a sadistic wanderer that will really give you the creeps. Ozon is very talented and has a very unique technique that he uses to portray some fairly erotic scenes. The movie was well done but a little bit too morbid and disgusting for me. It is a severe contrast to the short film that proceeds it which is the reason I bought the film. The short, A Summer Dress, is light and funny and at the same time erotic and sexy. The short film is a coming of age story of sorts that explores the bi-sexuality of the main character. The attractiveness of the characters is both physical and by personality. Very sexy and the theme song will stay in your mind forever! Bang!Bang!"
Funny, entertaining, professional -1
Michael Kerjman | 01/25/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A last Australian edition of Fr. Ozon works has accomplished two DVD disks: "See the sea", "Summer Dress" and X2000 plus shorts on a second.

Psychotic movie of murdering mother and her infant daughter is well balanced with rather comedian works presented a real talent of producer upon few minutes disclosing to a point a very gist of stories' acting characters.

Funny, entertaining, professional.