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Bord de mer (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama | 4 December 2002 (France)
Seaside takes place in a small coastal town on the Bay of Somme. The year-round inhabitants find ways to make their lives work; Paul, a lifeguard in the summer, works at the grocery all ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Bulle Ogier ... Rose
Ludmila Mikaël ... Anne
Hélène Fillières ... Marie
Jonathan Zaccaï ... Paul
Patrick Lizana Patrick Lizana ... Albert
Liliane Rovère ... Odette
Emmanuelle Lepoutre Emmanuelle Lepoutre ... Albertine
Fabien Orcier Fabien Orcier ... Jacquot
Jauris Casanova Jauris Casanova ... Pierre
Audrey Bonnet ... Lilas
Jean-Michel Noirey Jean-Michel Noirey ... Robert
Jacqueline Carpentier Jacqueline Carpentier ... Denise
Alexandra Mercouroff Alexandra Mercouroff ... Lucille
Antonia Ortu Antonia Ortu ... La serveuse de bar
Nathalie Pannel Nathalie Pannel ... La femme notable
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Seaside takes place in a small coastal town on the Bay of Somme. The year-round inhabitants find ways to make their lives work; Paul, a lifeguard in the summer, works at the grocery all winter. His mother, Rose (Ogier) likes to play the slots just about anytime; his girlfriend Marie works in the local factory - the town's biggest business - but watching the summertime vacationers each year just makes her increasingly curious about what else might be out there. From these and several other stories, aided by close, revealing observations, we see a community perched between transition and stasis. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 December 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bord de mer - In riva al mare See more »

Filming Locations:

Cayeux-sur-Mer, Somme, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,736, 10 August 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$13,595, 21 December 2003
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Dolby

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Color
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Casino
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A fine French Indie film
16 March 2009 | by paulscofield68See all my reviews

I happened to be living in France when this film was released back in 2002. It had received lukewarm reviews. So, to my surprise and delight, I enjoyed it far more than I'd expected. In terms of its strengths, the acting/casting/direction are all well done (and the story is nearly like a soap opera in that it follows different individuals and couples very loosely connected with each other (if at all). They all live or are on vacation in a small seaside town on the French Atlantic coast. In my opinion, the screenplay is the single strongest aspect of this film; and although some might say that all French films are "indie" from the American perspective (which is not so), this film most definitely has an indie feel to it. The soundtrack, for one, is an indie-type soundtrack. At times, I was reminded of the American indie film "You, me, and everyone we know"...in terms of style (visually, Seaside is not as strong; but in terms of storytelling, it's every bit as strong). Seaside, too, has a lot to say about modern relationships, and it does it across a number of couples (not 1) and there are numerous valuable insights. But it's not merely about relationships; it also deals intelligently with work, social class, and addictions, among others. Finally, Seaside does an excellent job of capturing the modern French woman who's in her 50s or 60s (wholly outside of romance). Yes, this film is "typically French," but these are just the type of French films that I find truly satisfying...Thanks to all involved, and enjoy.


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