When the Sea Rises

When the Sea Rises
Directed by Yolande Moreau
Gilles Porte
Produced by Humbert Balsan
Catherine Burniaux
Written by Yolande Moreau
Gilles Porte
Starring Yolande Moreau
François Morel
Jackie Berroyer
Music by Philippe Rouèche
Cinematography Gilles Porte
Edited by Éric Renault
Ognon Pictures
Stromboli Pictures
Distributed by Pirates Distribution
Release dates
27 October 2004 (France)
Running time
90 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $1.5 million
Box office $3 million[1]

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.


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 reception

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 also


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