The Sea

The Sea
  • 2013
  • Ireland / UK
  • 1h 26min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Stephen Brown
  • Cast: Rufus Sewell, Bonnie Wright, Ciarán Hinds
  • UK release: 23 June 2013

John Banville adapts his own Man Booker Prize-winning novel about a a man returning to the Irish seaside village where he spent his boyhood holidays.

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The Sea

A journey back in time to a summer of turbulent emotions.

A middle-aged art historian returns to the Irish seaside village where, as a boy, he and his family spent their holidays. His visit triggers a series of memories, some romantic, some disturbing, of a summer that saw the awakening of sexuality and an unexpected tragedy. John Banville adapted his Man Booker Prize-winning novel to provide the script for this haunting and superlatively acted film.

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The Sea

26 Jun 20132 stars

Restrained drama adapted from John Banville’s Booker Prize-winning novel

‘We’re known in Britain for making smaller films... Room with a View with a Staircase and a Pond-type movies. Films with very fine acting, but the drama is very sort of subsued and... subsumed? A word like that...’ So spake Lord Eddie of Izzard back in…

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