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House By the Sea, The (12A)


French drama following three siblings as they gather at their father's house to prepare for his death.

The critical consensus

Melancholic and heartfelt yet flawed family drama from French director Robert Guédiguian.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, The List, 07/01/2019

Challenging the truism that you can never go home, this doesn't entirely integrate its political subtext. But the storylines are involving, the setting is picturesque and the performances are impeccable.

****(*)David Parkinson, Empire Online, 08/01/2019

Robert Guédiguian's layered, nuanced family drama breaks no new ground, but its familiarity is part of its appeal.

****(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 10/01/2019

A languorous look at family and modernity that only just manages to give each their due.

***(*)(*)Rory Marsh, Little White Lies, 11/01/2019

Siblings reunite and re-evaluate their lives and relationships in this self-regarding variation on a theme.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 11/01/2019

Veteran French director Robert Guédiguian achieves moments of beauty in an occasionally heavy-handed film.

***(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 13/01/2019

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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