The Sea


Directed by Stephen Brown. 

Grieving after the death of his wife, art historian Max Morden (Ciarán Hinds) returns to the sleepy seaside resort where he spent summers as a child. Max lodges at a boarding house he once frequented, where frosty proprietor Miss Vavasour (Charlotte Rampling), and eccentric resident Blunden (Karl Johnson), now reside. Before long – and despite protestations from his daughter Clare (Ruth Bradley) – Max revisits the ghosts of his past.

Based on the novel by John Banville, The Sea is a haunting, uplifting, meditation on the human condition – at times elegiac, poetic, and nostalgic. Sínead Cusack received the Irish Film and Television Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role as Max’s wife, Anna. The film was also nominated for the IFTA award for ‘Best Actor,’ ‘Best Film’ and ‘Best Screenplay.’

Praise for The Sea

“The film, evocatively shot by John Conroy and with a haunting score by Andrew Hewitt, moves gracefully between periods in its protagonist’s life and captures his sense of yearning and loss”– The Independent 

Everybody in The Sea is terrific. Hinds is never better when brooding over barely contained traumas, and his looming presence gives the film impressive weight.– The Irish Times.

“Nobly acted and always reaching for a dreamlike resonance”– Financial Times