The House by the Sea

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The film competed at several festivals; Venice, Toronto and San Sebastian.
The film was supported by La Région Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and CNC.
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2017/ France107 min/ Drama
Original Title
La Villa
An old man, who lives nearby the shores of Marseille in his villa, gathers his 3 children by his side for his last days. When some unexpected guests arrive, the three sons find themselves forced to weigh up what they inherited of their father’s ideals.
Ariane Ascaride
Jean-Pierre Darroussin
Gérard Meylan
Screenwriter: Robert Guédiguian
Serge Valletti
DOP: Pierre Milon
Editor: Bernard Sasia
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Production Company(ies)
Agat Films & Cie
France 3 Cinéma
France Télévisions
Ciné +
Cinémage 11
Cinéventure 2
Indéfilms 5
Robert Guédiguian
Marc Bordure
film festivals
Toronto International Film Festival, Canada
Venice International Film Festival, Italy
San Sebastián International Film Festival, Spain
César Awards, France
Voci nell'Ombra - Il Festival Nazionale del Doppiaggio, Italy
film awards
SIGNIS Award and UNIMED Award at the Venice International Film Festival, Italy
"The chemistry between the three main actors is effortlessly familial ... There is scarcely an unconvincing note struck throughout, but some of the relationships are almost too carefully mapped out, contributing to a repetitive feel." Jessica Kiang - Variety

"[The film takes] things from an intimate and personal level to a global scale while skipping over an awful lot of things in between." Boyd van Hoeij - The Hollywood Reporter

"One of his most satisfying recent films...The crisply scripted drama uses economical strokes to sketch themes of wider social change." Jonathan Romney - Screen Daily

“ The storylines are involving, the setting is picturesque and the performances are impeccable.” David Parkinson- Empire

“The House by the Sea is an immensely intelligent and absorbing drama about the ties which bind families together.”Rob Aldam- Backseatmafia

“A treat for fans of French art house movies” Geoffrey Macnab- Independent