The House by the Sea

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    The House by the Sea

    La Villa

    Directed by



    106 min

    • French


    Toronto IFF

    By a little bay near Marseille lies a picturesque villa owned by an old man. His three children have gathered by his side for his last days: Angela, an actress living in Paris, Joseph, who has just fallen in love with a girl half his age and Armand, the only one who stayed behind in Marseille to run the family's small restaurant. It's time for them to weigh up what they have inherited of their father's ideals and the community spirit he created in this magical place. The arrival, at a nearby cove, of a group of boat people will throw these moments of reflection into turmoil.


    • SIGNIS Award, UNIMED Award - Venice IFF


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    Ariane Ascaride
    Jean-Pierre Darroussin
    Gérard Meylan
    Anaïs Demoustier
    Robinson Stévenin
    Pierre Milon
    Bernard Sasia


    A hopeful, heartfelt portrait of three later-life siblings finding unexpected renewal in their childhood home.

    Jessica Kiang, Variety

    Robert Guédiguian is back to what he does best.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    The crisply scripted drama uses economical strokes to sketch themes of wider social change.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    Robert Guédiguian

    Robert Guédiguian


    Born in 1953 in Marseille, Robert Guédiguian is first a local boy from l'Estaque, a working class neighborhood in the North of Marseille. In 1980 he directed his first feature film DERNIER ETE with Ariane Ascaride and Gerard Meylan, who would both play in most of his films. The Guediguian family was born and grew later on with the arrival of the actor Jean-Pierre Darroussin. Although he preeminently tells stories about people's lives in their neighborhood, he has tried different genres especially social matters. He is also one the founding associated producers of Agat Films & Cie and Ex Nihilo. THE HOUSE BY THE SEA (2017) was selected in more than 20 festivals and won the SIGNIS Award at Venice IFF.

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