(aka 'When the Sea Rises' or 'Sale affaire' or 'When the Tide Comes In...')

Directed by Yolande Moreau + Gilles Porte
Belgium / France 2004


  Perhaps the most original of the 2005 Rendez-vous with French Cinema series was “When the Sea Rises,” now getting its overdue commercial release. It was co-directed with Gilles Porte by Yolande Moreau, who also stars as Irène, a performance artist who travels through the north of France with her strange one-person show, “A Dirty Business.”

Irène wins over audiences with her off-beat costuming, funny lines and bizarre approach. Moreau is fascinating, a heavy-set woman who is extremely charming in the role. Although married, Irène meets Dries (Wim Willert), a virile-looking man with whom she gradually moves toward a relationship. Willert, a most compelling actor, adds considerably to the chemistry.

The growth of intimacy is handled sensitively, and much of the film shimmers with a magical aura. The performances of the play enacted, the use of locales and the feeling developed for the itinerant star combine to be mesmerizing. Moreau is a startling talent before and behind the camera. Asked at the French luncheon held in connection with the series what the most difficult aspect of making this unique film was, she replied that it was raising the money.

Excerpt from William Wolf's review located HERE


Theatrical Release: May 16th, 2004 - Cannes Film Mart

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DVD Review: New Yorker - Region 1 - NTSC

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The New Yorker is a suspected port of the Studio Canal edition found here (NO subtitles):

Runtime 1:29:12 
Video 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.81 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

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Studio: New Yorker Video

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Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1

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• Trailer (1:34)

DVD Release Date: October 17th, 2006

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Chapters: 16




Exactly as it appears - a PAL->NTSC port - most likely of the Studio Canal French DVD edition with optional English subtitles added. Not crystal-clear sharp, but certainly tube acceptable. 2.0 channel audio is clear. 

The film has a decent bittersweet element that it rides throughout. It seems to formulate its own charm and is a worthwhile viewing based solely on that. Some will get more out of it than others, but its not a bad way to spend 1.5 hours regardless. Kind of fun, offbeat, slice of life stuff - being Winner 2005 César, Best First Film should indicate that it is worth a spin or two.

Gary W. Tooze


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