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Year by the Sea (2016)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 September 2017 (USA)
Hoping to reclaim who she was before marriage and children, an empty nester retreats to Cape Cod where she embarks upon a quest to set herself free.


Alexander Janko


Joan Anderson (book), Alexander Janko (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Credited cast:
Karen Allen ... Joan
Celia Imrie ... Erikson
Yannick Bisson ... Cahoon
Monique Gabriela Curnen ... Luce
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Liz
Jane Hajduk ... Judy
Michael Cristofer ... Robin
Amy Van Nostrand ... Brenda
Andria Blackman ... Mannequin woman
Anastasia Tsikhanava ... Tony
Tyler Haines ... Andrew
Alvin Epstein Alvin Epstein ... Erik Erikson
Zachariah Supka ... Joseph
Colleen Kelly ... We Can Mentor
George J. Vezina ... Fisherman #2


Hoping to reclaim who she was before marriage and children, an empty nester retreats to Cape Cod where she embarks upon a quest to set herself free.

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It's never too late to reclaim your life...


Comedy | Drama | Romance








Release Date:

8 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Year By The Sea See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Cod, Massachusetts, USA

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1.85 : 1
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Filmed on location in Cape Cod. See more »

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Was this film sponsored by the wine industry
21 March 2018 | by reby-08058See all my reviews

Having read all of Joan Anderson's books I was excited to finally get the opportunity to see the movie, I knew not to get my hopes up as often times novels don't relate well on film, but this was worse than I expected. The books contain deep meaningful conversations with Joan Erickson, a fascinating woman with deep psychological insight and together the two Joan's talk about life, being a woman. being authentic and what its like to grow older and look back on all our experiences. And when not with Joan Erickson the other Joan connects with herself on a deeper level against the beautiful backdrop of solitude. But this film had Joan Erickson flittering around like a bad rendition of a new age hippy, the other Joan awkwardly joining in when she wasn't drinking copious glasses of wine, labels of wine bottles facing the camera. Gone was the quiet reflection of the books instead it turned into a community soap opera while Joan and her husband dressed and acted purely as cliche' man vs woman. There was no depth between the story and characters and no showing of a journey of growth. Forget the movie, read the books and find meaningful insight.

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