The Sea

May, 2003, Drama

Even its exotic locale (Iceland) can't save this overwrought and overacted film from descending quickly to the level of R-rated soap opera. It's the dysfunctional family saga again, set around a family business, (an aging cannery) which can't cope with the modern techniques that are ending a way of life for that nation's small commercial fisherman. A bombastic family patriarch summons his family home to learn how they're going to be disinherited for failing to live up to his expectations, but this lot only proves what a lousy father he was. This second feature from Iceland's young Baltasar Kormakur tries to be profound and cynically funny about the problems and foibles of his native land, but yields only pompous, derivative glop instead. Let's hope his third effort can make up for this one.

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