The Sea Wall

The Sea Wall Trailers

Original title Un barrage contre le Pacifique
Category Drama
UK Release Date
Production year 2008
Production Country
Directors Rithy Panh
Cast Stéphane Rideau, Isabelle Huppert, Gaspard Ulliel, Ingrid Mareski, Vincent Grass, Astrid Bergès-Frisbey, Randal Douc, Lucy Harrison, Duong Vanthon
Distributor AX1 Entertainment


"Widely praised following its world premiere as a Special Presentation at the Toronto International Film Festival, director Rithy Panh's (S-21, RICE PEOPLE) celebrated period epic set in the rich landscape of French colonial Indochina is a highly successful adaptation of Marguerite Duras' acclaimed and semi-autobiographical novel ""Un Barrage Contre le Pacifique"" (""The Sea Wall""), featuring a stunning leading performance by BAFTA Award Winner and recipient of the European Film Academy's 2009 Achievement in World Cinema, Isabelle Huppert. Deceived into investing all of her savings in worthless, regularly flooded farmland, incapable of supporting crops and perilously close to the ocean, THE SEA WALL tells the compelling story of one mother's fight to protect her family - Joseph (Gaspard Ulliel, THE VINTER'S LUCK, HANNIBAL RISING, A VERY LONG ENGAGEMENT) and Suzanne (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) - from destitution at the hands of a corrupt administration. Battling both the colonial bureaucrats and nature itself, she enlists the help of the local villagers, putting into place an elaborate scheme: building a dam against the sea to secure the future of both her family and the local community."