Believe it or not, the kind folks at Sundance finally got it right in giving high marks to THE SEA!
A great family drama told against the backdrop of the small town psyche, THE SEA tells the story of how one family -- shackled with more inner conflict that Bergman could shake a stick at -- deals with the emotions, the conflicts, and the disappointments of life itself. As the family business falls apart, so do the siblings until we eventually learn that it isn't so much what we leave behind that affects us but rather it's the scars that run deep from questionable moral choices.
However, at the core of the picture is a statement on life in small towns. The regular characters are fleshed out, given real traits (scheming and devious is the one daughter-in-law as well as giddily promiscuous is the one daughter), and allowed to interact with one another in ways that are entirely credible and, at times, downright funny. The back-stabbing nature of the small town mind is underscored almost at every turn (the way everyone is "in your business," whether you want them or not), and the film moves along briskly while stopping every now and then to bring the viewer back to that central underlying current.
Despite being set almost entirely in a small fishing town, the film is shot with a great scope, at times defying the principle message of the claustrophobia that typical goes hand-in-hand with small town mentality. Additionally, the film is populated with some background characters (the local policeman is a great example) who don't play any important role but serve to reinforce that no matter how far you may try to run from yourself, you're always still going to be who you're meant to.
A mildly tragic ending (coupled with a family blow-up about incidents that happened long ago) make THE SEA a complex little drama well worth one sailing.