September 18, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it an A-

From Parisian filmmaker Francois Ozon comes an evocative, odd-length films of considerable panache. In the case of See the Sea, clinging psychological horror, too: On a sparely beautiful French beach island, the domestic routine of a sensual young mother (Sasha Hails) restlessly awaiting the return of her businessman husband while tending to her baby daughter (Hails’ real child) is interrupted by the appearance of an strange backpacker (Marina de Van), who radiates sinister menace. Ozon builds the creepiness (with its thrumming sexual undercurrent) exquisitely, slowly, and unnerves by holding back. See the Sea: A-

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