Louise by the Shore

| August 5, 2017

On the last day of summer at a small seaside resort town, 75-year-old Louise misses the last train out. After a torrential rainstorm, she emerges from her room the next morning to find the streets flooded and the town utterly deserted. Days, weeks and months pass in this dreamlike interlude as Louise learns to fend for herself, her solitude interrupted only by a talking dog and memories of her past.

Evoking Jacques Tati’s Mr. Hulot’s HolidayThe Twilight Zone, and Post-Impressionist watercolors, Louise by the Shore, is a lovely, imaginative film that could be considerd is an “animation for adults” only in the sense of its mature and reflective sensibility.

In such a lighthearted, easygoing manner, the director shows us the life of Louise, who had been planing a trip away from her hometown. The day before she misses her train, she had in a cantankerous way complained about the bustle of activity on the beach. I surmise that when she complained about all the folks who had come to enjoy a beach—that in her mind she believes is for her own enjoyment—it was at that point that all the people were able to leave. A rusty old clock that hangs in her living room gave her the correct time at least twice a day, but it didn’t alert her to the time that her train was scheduled to leave. Given this, she missed the train and had to come back home to a lonely existence of which she makes the best.

This film is so sweet, even the hardest disposition would be softened after watching Louise go about her day: first wondering where everyone has gone and then figuring out life for herself and relying on old memories for the company that she probably now yearns.

Of course, it’s animation, but this is adult animation at its best. The graphics are adorable, and the images of Louise are just adorable. She finds a way to use the time to her advantage, savoring the solitude that has become her life. This is a great film that gives “making the best of it” new meaning.

“Endearing and original…will likely draw comparisons to ‘The Red Turtle.'”-THE HOLLWOOD REPORTER

“Charming…unexpectedly upbeat. With her humor, quiet determination and lack of fear of the future, Louise is a delight – a Robinson Crusoe in pearls and a panama hat.” -SCREEN DAILY

“Laguionie’s delicate, gentle and mystical story will move viewers of all ages. It’s a richly layered work, awash with poetry.”-CINEUROPA

Louise by the Shore is available on DVD August 8. For more information, visit https://firstrunfeatures.com/louisebytheshore.html

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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