When the Sea Rises

When the Sea Rises (French: Quand la mer monte...) is a 2004 French-Belgian romantic comedy film directed by Yolande Moreau and Gilles Porte. It was Moreau's directorial debut.

When the Sea Rises
Directed byYolande Moreau
Gilles Porte
Produced byHumbert Balsan
Catherine Burniaux
Written byYolande Moreau
Gilles Porte
StarringYolande Moreau
François Morel
Jackie Berroyer
Music byPhilippe Rouèche
CinematographyGilles Porte
Edited byÉric Renault
Ognon Pictures
Stromboli Pictures
Distributed byPirates Distribution
Release date
27 October 2004 (France)
Running time
90 minutes
Budget$1.5 million
Box office$1.4 million[1]


Irène is an actress who performs her one-person show all over Northern France. One day she is heading for a new town when her car breaks down. On the countryside she is picked up by a travelling stranger who rides a scooter. He introduces himself as Dries and gives her a lift. She rewards him with a ticket for her show. When he arrives there she involves him in her performance. The next evening he returns and feels he must protect her against perturbators in the audience. She doesn't appreciate the way he tries to take care of this matter. They have a considerable dispute which eventually ends in a reconciliation. This marks the beginning of a love affair.


Critical receptionEdit

The film has received critical acclaim. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 90% of 20 critics gave the film a positive review, for an average rating of 6.5/10.[2] Metacritic gave the film a score of 62 out of 100, based on 8 critics.[3]


The film title is an homage to the French folk singer Raoul de Godewaersvelde whose song "Quand la mer monte" is a re-occurring theme throughout the film.[4]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Quand la mer monte..." www.boxofficemojo.com.
  2. ^ "When the Sea Rises (Quand la Mer Monte...)".
  3. ^ "When the Sea Rises".
  4. ^ "Named for a classic song which is the musical theme of the film ("When the Tide Comes In" by Raoul de Goederwaervelde)". Film Journal International. Retrieved 2012-12-16.

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