Bait... lovely cinematography using clockwork cameras etc, at the start made it feel like I was watching a really old black and white documentary about life in Britain, but you soon see that it's not when you see the modern cars, It felt like one of those films you see in a dark room in the tate modern or similar, all the shots were great compositions in themselves but the story on the other hand was rather meandering with some characters behaving a bit unrealistically, the main protagonists acting skills weren't exactly brilliant either, on the whole I wouldn't have minded the film had it not been for the massive wtf ending, I'm pretty fed up of seeing films with abrupt unexplained or nonsensical endings, people say "oh you're supposed to interpret what happens" ...I don't want to interpret it, I watch a film to see a story, if I wanted to come up with a story myself I'd join the local writing group, why were they on the boat at the end? Why was the girl from the pub on the boat? What happened to the family in the cottage? What was the point of the boy fixing the lobster pot in the pub if no lessons were learned? And so many more questions, Why do I have to guess all this? It seems all to common in films over recent years to leave things unresolved.
This film was apparently supposed to be about how tourism effects a small community but instead we got a story about a posh family with a brat son clashing with a fisherman whom has a chip the size of the grand canyon on his shoulder, no part of any of the characters stories felt resolved, I understand the underlying message about city folk buying up houses in small communities and pushing out the locals whilst only using the properties for a few months and therefore contributing little to the local economy but I think this film told that story in a pretty naff way and that narrative was lost with the bratty posh boys behaviour becoming more center stage, I really don't understand why this film has received the accolade it has other than people who like arty looking films and don't care about the story, bit of a rant but that's how I feel about this film
Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father's vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbour. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.
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