Synopsis

SYNOPSIS

When the Sea Rises (Winner 2005 César, Best First Film) is a sweet and genuinely off-beat romantic comedy written and directed by acclaimed French comedienne Yolande Moreau (Amelie, The Horseman On The Roof, Vagabond) and cinematographer Gilles Porte.

Showcasing outstanding performances by Moreau (Winner 2005 César, Best Actress) and newcomer Wim Willaert, When the Sea Rises tells the story of Irene (Moreau), a 45-year-old actress traveling from one small town to another with her one-woman show, Dirty Business. Slyly funny in her masked onstage persona, Irene is a genial pro at touring alone, phoning home to her husband and child and sleeping in a new hotel each night. Things change when a scooter-driving vagabond named Dries (Willaert) fixes her stalled car. After accepting an invitation to her show, Dries soon appears at every stop on tour as her "randomly selected" audience participant. What develops is a remarkably natural and tender affair between two true eccentrics, their exuberance and playfulness mixing with a mature, mutual longing.

Irene's spare stage show alternates with scenes set against northern France's oddly lush industrial landscape. From majestic tree-lined streets and rolling farmland to beachfront factories and smoky pubs, Porte's camera vividly captures a singularly beautiful region. Moreau and Porte's debut is a lovingly made and deeply personal film. When the Sea Rises evokes Moreau's own life in theater, revisiting some of the same stages and towns that she toured earlier in her career. It is also a bittersweet valentine to the intensely intimate (and cruelly transient) nature of love on the road.

France/Belgium, 2004
93 min., Unrated
In French with English Subtitles
Color


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Producers
GILLES PORTE and YOLANDE MOREAU
GILLES PORTE and YOLANDE MOREAU
GILLES PORTE
BAPTISTE KLEITZ, ERIC LESACHET, BENOIT BIRAL
MARC-PHILIPPE GUERIG and SERGE BERKENBAUM
NATASHA FRANCOTTE and NINA DE GOEYSE
ERIC RENAULT
PHILIPPE ROUECHE
ARLETTE ZYLBERBERG
HUMBERT BALSAN and CATHERINE BURNIAUX
A co-production of Ognon Pictures - Stromboli Pictures and R.T.B.F. (Belgium Television) With the participation of CANAL +, Le Centre National de la Cinématogrphie, Procirep and CRRAV With aid from Centre du Cinéma and Audiovisual of the French Belgium Community and Télédistributeurs Wallons and with the collaboration of Viaams Audiovisueel Fonds

CAST


Irène
Dries
The Policeman
Béthune journalist
Owner of the café Giants
Head of the March
The bartender by the seaside
Housekeeper
Jan
Yves

YOLANDE MOREAU
WIM WILLAERT
OLIVIER GOURMET
JACKY BERROYER
PHILIPPE DUQUESNE
BOULI LANNERS
JACQUES BONNAFÉ
SEVERINE CANEELE
JAN HAMMENECKER
VINCENT MAHIEU