The House by the Sea (La villa) 15

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DIRECTOR Robert Guédiguian
CAST Ariane Ascaride, Jean-Pierre Darroussin, Gérard Meylan, Anaïs Demoustier

A moving family drama as three adult children reunite and reminisce at their father’s home after he suffers a stroke.

A moving family drama set in a villa by a beautiful creek near Marseille. Angèle, an actress living in Paris, returns to her childhood home after her father suffers a stroke. She is reunited with her two brothers – Joseph, a former union man, and Armand, who had continued to live with his father and run their modest waterfront eatery. The effortless chemistry between the three leads, as they reminisce and ruminate about the future, anchors this hopeful and heartfelt portrait of finding unexpected renewal in later life.
(2017 France 107 mins Subtitled)

Robert Guédiguian’s layered, nuanced family drama breaks no new ground, but its familiarity is part of its appeal. With the deaths of Eric Rohmer, Claude Chabrol and their contemporaries, a tradition in French filmmaking seemed to be disappearing. That is why it is so heartening still to be able to see films like Robert Guédiguian’s The House by the Sea. Like Rohmer, he tells deeply layered stories about the everyday lives of different generations of French characters… The film plays as if it is a Provençal, working class version of a Chekhov play like Uncle Vanya or The Cherry Orchard… Anyone who enjoys classic French art house drama will find plenty to relish here.  Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent

BBFC advice: Contains infrequent strong language
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Language: French