By a little bay near Marseilles lies a picturesque villa owned by an old man. His three children have gathered by his side for his last days: Angela, an actress living in Paris, Joseph, who has just fallen in love with a girl half his age and Armand, the only one who stayed behind in Marseilles to run the family’s small restaurant. It’s time for them to weigh up what they have inherited of their father’s ideals and the community spirit he created in this magical place. The arrival, at a nearby cove, of a group of boat people will throw these moments of reflection into turmoil.
Robert Guédiguian was born in 1953 and has been making films since the early eighties, often using the same actors, especially the trio of Ariane Ascaride (to whom he is married), Jean-Pierre Darroussin and Gérard Meylan, and often set in and aorund Marseilles.
THE HOUSE BY THE SEA - Venice, in Competition
DON’T TELL ME THE BOY WAS MAD - Cannes, Official Selection
THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO - Cannes, Un Certain Regard
ARMY OF CRIME - Cannes, Official Selection
LADY JANE - Berlin, in Competition
ARMENIA - Toronto, Official Selection
THE LAST MITTERRAND - Berlin, in Competition
MY FATHER IS AN ENGINEER - San Sebastian, in Competition
MARIE-JO AND HER TWO LOVERS - Cannes, in Competition
LA VILLE EST TRANQUILLE - Venice, in Competition
A L’ATTAQUE! - Toronto, Official Selection
A LA PLACE DU COEUR - Toronto, San Sebastian, Special
Prize of the Jury, Best Screenplay, OCIC Award
MARIUS AND JEANNETTE
César Awards, 7 nominations, Best Actress César – Ariane Ascaride
TILL DEATH DO US PART - Toronto, Official Selection
MONEY BUYS HAPPINESS
GOD THROWS UP THE LUKEWARM
KI LO SA
RED MIDI - Cannes, Directors’ Fortnight
LAST SUMMER - Cannes, Directors’ Fortnight
Robert GUÉDIGUIAN and Serge VALLETTI
Director of Photography
Robert GUÉDIGUIAN and Marc BORDURE
Agat Films & Cie
In coproduction with
France 3 Cinéma
With the participation of
Canal + France Télévisions Ciné +
In association with
Cinémage 11 Cinéventure 2
107 minutes cert 12A
★★★★ "A treat for fans of French art house movies" Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent
★★★★ "Perfectly balanced. Always compassionate.'
Kevin Mahler, The Times
★★★★"Pierre Milon's shimmering cinematography ensures that the Calanque de Méjean provides an atmospheric setting for the musings on tradition, memory, depopulation, class and defying age, with the final sequence beneath the echoing arches of the railway viaduct being indescribably beautiful."
★★★★"The House by the Sea is certainly one to be visited not only for its stunning scenery and careful, sensitive and honest acting and direction but because it manages to address key controversial issues about immigration without ever preaching too overtly."