TIFF 2017 Movie Review: THE HOUSE BY THE SEA (LA VILLA) (France 2017)

Movie Reviews of films that will be playing at TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) in 2017. Go to TIFF 2017 Movie Reviews and read reviews of films showing at the festival.

The House by the Sea Poster
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.

Writers:

Robert Guédiguian (screenplay), Serge Valletti(screenplay)

Stars:

Ariane AscarideJean-Pierre DarroussinGérard Meylan

Robert Guédiguian’s films always make it to TIFF but never get shown otherwise. Those familiar with him can expect more of the same though his latest is a bit of a disappointment not for want of trying.

Three grown children gathered at the picturesque villa of their dying father in Marseille (where most of his films are set) reflect on where they are, who they have become, and what they have inherited.

His political stand as a committed leftist and former Communist can be observed clearly in many scenes where his characters verbally express their dissatisfaction on certain issues like the military and the refugee situation. His wife Ariane Ascaride and Jean-Pierre Darroussin are two of the elderly characters who manage to attract younger suiters.

The film does not successfully combine the dysfunctional family, love relationships and refugee statements.

Clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vt3wVETIfWs

the house by the sea

 

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