This story is interesting in that you see two separate storied that eventually merge. It begins with a man and his friends walking along the shore--picking up mussels and other shellfish to sell. And, at the same time also in Ireland, you see a man coming back to his homeland after many years--and he brings his daughter with him. However, despite meeting all these old friends, there is a nagging problem--and it involves the beachcomber you see at the beginning of the tale.
As I said above, if I were the type person to gamble, I'd put my money on "The Shore" to be the Oscar-winner this year. Now this ISN'T to say it was necessarily the most enjoyable or that the other films were poor--but "The Shore" was the best overall package. It had it all. The story was very complex--rewarding and with some wonderful twists. The acting was lovely throughout. The story looked very cinematic--and the direction was very deft. There was simply nothing that could stand improvement. And, I kept my interest throughout.
UPDATE: Well, I wish I WAS a betting man as, indeed, "The Shore" did win the Oscar this year.