The Sea

The Sea

The Sea

Author John Banville adapts his own Man Booker Prize-winning novel for the screen, following an older man who – after the death of his wife – revisits the sea that holds many tranquil memories from his childhood.

2013Rating: M, Mature themes and coarse language86 minsIreland, UK
Drama

The Sea / Reviews

Flicks, Adam Fresco

Flicks, Adam Fresco

If slow-moving, arty-farty films reflecting on the human condition have you hurling obscenities at the screen, look away now because The Sea is all that and more. Max (a masterfully subtle portrayal by Ciarán Hinds), is an art historian who, following the death of his wife (a superb and deeply moving Sinéad Cusack), returns to the Irish coastal resort where he spent his childhood. Adapted from his novel by John Banville, the spare screenplay is masterfully served by director Stephen Brown, who quietly shapes a flashback-filled tale of a man haunted by a tragic past.

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Total Film

Total Film

It’s impossible to escape the sense that Banville’s work is best experienced on paper.

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Time Out

Time Out

A first-class cast make this an absorbing watch.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

The individual vignettes like the individual characters are left floating in the nothingness of a total storytelling void.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

This story of a man who plunges into childhood memories in the aftermath of his wife’s death remains admirable but wingless.

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