See The Sea

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Overview

This French suspense drama, set on an island off the Atlantic coast of France, is a medium-length feature, running 52 minutes. Isolated at a cottage on the Ile d'Yeu, young Englishwoman Sasha (Sasha Hails) is alone with her baby daughter when sullen backpacker Tatiana (Marina de Van) turns up. Sasha allows Tatiana to pitch her tent near the cottage and later invites her to dinner. Sasha is fascinated yet wary, since Tatiana's edginess not only generates a sinister sexual tension, it seems to mask a deeper ...
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Overview

This French suspense drama, set on an island off the Atlantic coast of France, is a medium-length feature, running 52 minutes. Isolated at a cottage on the Ile d'Yeu, young Englishwoman Sasha (Sasha Hails) is alone with her baby daughter when sullen backpacker Tatiana (Marina de Van) turns up. Sasha allows Tatiana to pitch her tent near the cottage and later invites her to dinner. Sasha is fascinated yet wary, since Tatiana's edginess not only generates a sinister sexual tension, it seems to mask a deeper hostility, hinting at potential violence. The escalating threat leads to a stunning surprise for Sasha's husband (Paul Raoux) when he returns to Paris. The film was paired in theaters and on video release with Ozon's Une robe d'été/A Summer Dress, a light-hearted 15-minute drama in which an 18-year-old gay man, on vacation with a boyfriend, has a brief sexual interlude in the woods off the beach with a young woman, who lends him her dress when his clothes are stolen. He rides home from the beach on his bicycle, wearing the dress, and has sex with his boyfriend, whom he had snapped at earlier. The movie captures the lightness and breeziness of summer, of the seaside, of being young, good-looking, and sexually adventurous.
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Special Features

Widescreen transfer enhanced for 16x9 televisions; François Ozon's award winning short film A Summer Dress (1996); Theatrical trailer for Ozon's Water Drops on Burning Rocks (2000); Biofilmography for François Ozon; New interview with actress Sasha Hails
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Leo Charney
François Ozon's two short movies feature a universe ruled by chance and contingency, in which daily life is composed of unpredictable events, unexpected encounters, and mercurial shifts of mood. Life seems to be made up as it goes along, an improvisation that can lead to casual sexual encounters (in both movies) or to Hitchcockian menace, if you have the bad luck to encounter a person who does not wish you well. For Ozon's characters, life can take an unanticipated turn at any moment, and then a different turn a few moments later, and the underside of this spontaneity, which Ozon suggestively explores, is that it leaves you subject to the whims of others. Set in stunningly beautiful French seaside landscapes, these seemingly serene stories resonate more deeply than their surface charms might initially suggest. This unsettling profundity is literalized in See the Sea, which turns Ozon's themes of interconnection and chance meetings into a world view, similar to that of films by Alfred Hitchcock or Claude Chabrol, in which menace and danger may lurk around the bend as readily as a random sexual encounter. Made before Ozon was 30 years old, the movies establish him as a master of color, light, and composition, but the films' placid surfaces are as misleading as the seemingly meandering actions of his characters, who can't see where life will take them, even in the next few minutes. Viewed together, the two movies chart Ozon's maturation, as the breeziness of A Summer Dress gives way to the more troubling See the Sea, while they are bound together by the same themes and visual style.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/21/2003
  • UPC: 795975103336
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: Zeitgeist Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:17:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 49,148

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sasha Hails Sasha
Marina de Van Tatiana
Samantha
Paul Raoux
Technical Credits
François Ozon Director, Screenwriter
Nicolas Breviere Producer
Olivier Delbosc Producer
Marc Missonnier Associate Producer
Jeanne Moutard Editor
Eric Neveux Score Composer
Yorick Le Saux Cinematographer
Daniel Sobrino Sound/Sound Designer
Cecile Vacheret Art Director
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [4:46]
2. By the Sea [3:38]
3. An Uninvited Guest [4:18]
4. Fellow Travelers [4:13]
5. Alone in the Dark [1:46]
6. Early to Rise [4:10]
7. Freshening Up [5:06]
8. Strangers in the Wood [6:05]
9. Among the Dead [4:24]
10. Questions of Motherhood [4:52]
11. Someone Else's Bed [2:46]
12. A Husband's Return [5:25]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Chapters
   Special Features
      A Summer Dress
         Play Film
      About François Ozon
      Also by Ozon
         Play Trailer
      Interview With Sasha Hails
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No Hitchcock Here

    Francois Ozon is no Hitchcock as the last reviewer claimed. I thought that this film was absolutely abysmal with no clear story, only a level of turgid sexual tension, identity crisis, and a lot of stuff in the bathroom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The New Hitchcock

    François Ozon, has proved he can put together a true suspense in line with the master. Set on a Beautiful French island , Sasha Hails is nothing less than out standing as the main character, this one will be a winner for Ozon and Hails a definate must own. I have no doubt we will see much more of Ozon in comming suspense movies , he will be the new master. Sasha Hails is on par with the best , stunning , stylish and professional.

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