This Is the Sea (1997)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  28 February 1998 (UK)
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The film is set in Northern Ireland shortly after 1994 cease-fire. Hazel is a Protestant and Malachy a Catholic. Romance between them is threatened by Rohan (leader in militant underground ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Hazel Stokes
Ross McDade ...
Malachy McAliskey
Old Man Jacobs
Padhar McAliskey
Ma Stokes
Da Stokes
Marc O'Shea ...
Jef Stokes
Stella McCusker ...
Ma McAliskey
Des McAleer ...
Inspector Wilson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean Barnett ...
Daniel Matthew Bolton ...
Liam Bradley ...
Bass player in bar
Caolan Byrne ...
Ezeldel Lamthorn


The film is set in Northern Ireland shortly after 1994 cease-fire. Hazel is a Protestant and Malachy a Catholic. Romance between them is threatened by Rohan (leader in militant underground and pal of Malachy's brother Padhar), who wants Malachy to be recruited and fight for the cause and by Hazel's brother Jef, who spies on her meetings. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »




Release Date:

28 February 1998 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Fra odio e amore  »

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Written by Mike Scott
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Sweet romance in tense surroundings
18 October 1999 | by (Rome) – See all my reviews

Based in Northern Ireland during the ceasefire between catholic and loyalist terrorist groups, this film brings together two people living completely separate ways of life. Hazel (Samantha Morton) is a sweet young protestant girl living in the countryside outside Belfast. Her mother's strong religious beliefs give little scope for Hazel to do her own thing, but she is helped by her less strict father and local friend of the family, Old Man Jacobs (Richard Harris) who accompanies her on trips to Belfast. Here she meets Malachy, a young catholic lad whose life is surrounded by those involved in terrorist groups, while he himself does his best to steer clear of it. Malachy falls for Hazel, but courtship is difficult. Fortunately, old Man Jacobs assists Hazel in her desire to meet up with Malachy, but is all as innocent as it looks? A contrast between a nice romance and the terrorist underworld, giving the impression that no matter who you are in Northern Ireland, terrorism is never far away from your doorstep.

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