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The House by the Sea (2017)

La villa (original title)
Three grown children gathered at the picturesque villa of their dying father reflect on where they are, who they have become, and what they have inherited.


Robert Guédiguian


Robert Guédiguian (screenplay), Serge Valletti (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Ariane Ascaride ... Angèle Barberini
Jean-Pierre Darroussin ... Joseph
Gérard Meylan ... Armand
Jacques Boudet ... Martin - le père d'Yvan
Anaïs Demoustier ... Bérangère
Robinson Stévenin Robinson Stévenin ... Benjamin
Yann Trégouët Yann Trégouët ... Yvan
Geneviève Mnich Geneviève Mnich ... Suzanne - la mère d'Yvan
Fred Ulysse Fred Ulysse ... Maurice - le père
Diouc Koma ... Le soldat
Haylana Bechir Haylana Bechir ... Jeune réfugiée
Ayoub Oaued Ayoub Oaued ... Enfant réfugié 1
Giani Roux Giani Roux ... Enfant réfugié 2
Esther Seignon Esther Seignon ... Blanche
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Théau Courtès Théau Courtès ... L'adjudant


Sixty-year-old Angèle Barberini, an actress, returns to her father's villa, situated in a beautiful creek near Marseille. She left the place twenty years before following a terrible trauma she experienced there, swearing never to come back. But now Maurice, her genitor, who has just been the victim of a stroke is persistent vegetative, with no hope of recovery and her presence is needed. Her two brothers, Joseph, an embittered retired worker, and Armand, the manager of the local restaurant, welcome her. They must look to the future and decide what measures to take concerning the villa and the restaurant. But the past, on the other hand, has its say. Written by Guy Bellinger

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31 March 2018 | by pg-tsincSee all my reviews

La Villa (The House by the sea) Film 'plug' that looks like the work of a filmmaker who looks at his filmography and takes himself in 'selfie'. In short, a good film. No more. We flatten ourselves in front of the extraordinary talent of the actors ... well, the theme is probably serious and more serious, but I found the acting unconvincing and often forced or nonchalant. A movie that especially bored me because I am not impressed when I see the actors leaning on crutches. They chain smoke cigarettes (obvious plugs), drink their usual boos and eat their baloney to punctuate their deep eternal reflections (always the same for 30 years), with the same actors, on the same issues, on justice, loyalty and the end of the world. By the way, as this film also revolves around the tragedy of 'illness', according to the World Health Organization, alcohol would kill 3 millions people a year, tobacco would kill 8 millions and the junk food up to 20 millions a year ... Yes I know, except for Doctors, it is not an interesting subject of meditation.

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French | Arabic

Release Date:

29 November 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

La casa junto al mar See more »


Box Office


EUR3,732,376 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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