7.1/10
493
8 user 6 critic

The Sea That Thinks (2000)

De zee die denkt (original title)
Trailer
3:12 | Trailer
Incredible optical illusions in a story in a story in a story helps the surprised viewer finally to find out that he has been watching himself all along.

Director:

Gert de Graaff

Writer:

Gert de Graaff
Reviews
6 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Bart Klever Bart Klever ... Klever, Bart
Devika Strooker Devika Strooker ... Marga
Rick de Leeuw Rick de Leeuw ... Self
Don Duyns Don Duyns ... Duyns, Don
Learn more

More Like This 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young man goes to a school for servants run by a brother and sister. In the dreamlike and surreal world that he enters, how will his presence impact the people there and possibly even the school itself?

Directors: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Stars: Mark Rylance, Alice Krige, Gottfried John
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet's colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

Director: Fred M. Wilcox
Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

After a family tragedy, a racist prison guard re-examines his attitudes while falling in love with the African-American wife of the last prisoner he executed.

Director: Marc Forster
Stars: Billy Bob Thornton, Halle Berry, Taylor Simpson
The Piano (1993)
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

In the mid-19th century, a mute woman is sent to New Zealand along with her young daughter and prized piano for an arranged marriage to a wealthy landowner, but is soon lusted after by a local worker on the plantation.

Director: Jane Campion
Stars: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill
Touch of Evil (1958)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Director: Orson Welles
Stars: Charlton Heston, Orson Welles, Janet Leigh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Following over two dozen different people in the almost wordless atmosphere of a dark night in a Brussels town, Akerman examines acception and rejection in the realm of romance.

Director: Chantal Akerman
Stars: Aurore Clément, Tchéky Karyo, Angelo Abazoglou
The Shout (1978)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A traveller by the name of Crossley forces himself upon a musician and his wife in a lonely part of Devon, and uses the aboriginal magic he has learned to displace his host.

Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Stars: Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A portrait of the director's father, searching for the extraordinary in the subject's seemingly normal existence.

Director: Alan Berliner
Stars: Alan Berliner, Oscar Berliner
Mystery | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Bus conductor Tomiko falls in love with driver Niitaka, even though she also suspects him of being a serial killer who killed his female conductors after tiring of them.

Director: Gakuryû Ishii
Stars: Rena Komine, Tadanobu Asano, Kotomi Kyôno
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In a small French colony, a drunken man kills someone. While a guillotine is being shipped in, he changes, becoming a good and popular man.

Director: Patrice Leconte
Stars: Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Emir Kusturica
The Circle (2000)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Various women struggle to function in the oppressively sexist society of contemporary Iran.

Director: Jafar Panahi
Stars: Maryiam Palvin Almani, Nargess Mamizadeh, Mojgan Faramarzi
Gimme Shelter (1970)
Certificate: GP Documentary | Music | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A harrowing documentary of the Stones' 1969 tour, with much of the focus on the tragic concert at Altamont.

Directors: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor
Edit

Storyline

The Sea That Thinks is a surprising film about itself. A film overflowing with twists and turns and new angles. It focuses on Bart, a scriptwriter who is writing the script for this film. In the film, Bart himself plays the scriptwriter writing the script of The Sea That Thinks. He types what he does and does what he types. In his film, he finds the answer to the urgent question: How do we find happiness? He uses stunning examples to show us that our world is only to be found in our consciousness. What is real and what is illusion? Do we believe in our dream world while we dream? Do we believe in the reality of film while we see it? And why? His combination of pictures and text has a hypnotic effect on the viewer. It provides an exciting, dislocating and humorous adventure. Later it also becomes apparent that the film is not about this tormented scriptwriter at all. In a game filled with optical illusions and continually changing points of view, the surprised viewers gradually find ... Written by Gert de Graaff <gdg@nl.packardbell.org>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

I don't exist See more »


Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Features Tokyo-Ga (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue
Composed and performed by Simon Fisher-Turner (as Simon Fisher Turner)
Mute Records Limited
See more »

User Reviews

 
too silly to even be pretentious
10 August 2002 | by tezzzaaaSee all my reviews

I won't spend a lot of time nor energy on this comment. I just want to add it because all the comments were so positive I felt like I just had to let people know that not everyone is so thrilled, let alone intellectually provoked by this attempt at creating a captivating philosophical cinematic enigma. Some scenes seemed promising, playing with visual dimensions, but couldn't hold up the rest. I felt like I was stoned for the first time again, having semi-philosophical conversations with fellow adolescents.

What a futile attempt to raise Dutch cinema to new heights. I'd rather watch Jesus is een Palestijn, without all the pretentions and with straight forward humor, also raising questions about life and the realities we create for ourselves.

Gert de Graff is not Jean-Luc Godard or Tarkovsky and appearantly never will be.


11 of 33 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

Netherlands

Language:

Dutch

Release Date:

21 December 2000 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

A gondolkodó tenger See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR | Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed