A Scene at the Sea is a story about a hearing-impaired couple: a garbage collector who learns how to surf, and his girlfriend who supports him through his new found fondness for the waves.
There is no dialogue between our deaf and mute couple, the pacing is slow, and even with some Kitano-esque comedic moments it can feel overall a little too simple.
But in its simplicity there's much gentleness, a gentle depiction of the frustrations and insignificance that we feel in real life, which anyone with the fondness for the ocean knows, literally gets washed away once you step into the waves.
If you're a fan of Takeshi Kitano, Joe Hisaishi (who's famous for his scores for Hayao Miyazaki/Ghibli films), surfing and the ocean, this film might rekindle some very gentle emotions we left behind in all the broken surfboards of life.
The DVD is available from Amazon.
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