The Sea (Al Mar) – complex triangle of love, lust, sex, confusion, and acceptance
The Sea tells the story of Lorena and Diego, a couple who, upon moving to the coast of Chile, find their relationship tested when Diego begins to develop feelings for a handsome young local man- Vicente. What begins as a passionate clandestine affair comes to a dramatic, inevitable head when all three go on a camping trip together. The couple must decide if they want to open up to a relationship that deconstructs the traditional ways. A deeply erotic paean to modern sexuality.
The premise of this film is interesting, although nothing that hasn’t been done before. However, the overall story line of exploring an open relationship is lost in the way the film is put together. There’s a lot of abrupt scene changes, and several duplicate scenes repeated, and for no foreseen reason. It moves along slowly with not much happening at all. There’s basically two story lines, one with Lorena meeting Vincente at the bakery shop she works at, and the other with Diego meeting Vincente at the school he’s teaching at. In between, there’s a smattering of connecting scenarios, but nothing outright compelling that would leave viewers wanting to know more. The movie is broken into three scenes, for whatever reason I don’t know, and the segments with the women in the ocean is completely lost on me. In the end, the Chilean landscape and scenery are more of interest than the plot or acting. I’d give this one a miss.
Available from TLA Releasing
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