See The Sea (Regarde La Mer) (1997)

FRANCOIS OZON

seatheseaBil’s rating (out of 5):   BBB.  France, 1997.  , .  Screenplay by Francois Ozon, dialogue by , .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Mini-feature in which a young mother Sasha (), staying at her beach house until her professional husband can join her, is interrupted by the appearance of backpacking Tatiana (). Tatiana asks if she can camp out on Sasha’s lawn for a few days since the nearby campsite is overfilled, which our heroine agrees to and then proceeds to get to know her guest. Naturally, this is an Ozon film (even if an early one), so there’s lots of character tension and quirky behaviour to sort through before the explosive ending. A quiet film, never particularly captivating or memorable, but confidently directed for such a young filmmaker and acted with exceptional subtlety. Shades of it would reappear in later Ozon films such as Under The Sand and Swimming Pool.

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