Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Film Review: Sea Salt (2015) Andrei Rautu

By Olivia Maria Hărşan

Andrei Rautu’s short drama Sea Salt is about the silent struggle of a dysfunctional couple. Laura and Robert seem frustrated with one another but have no idea how to voice their problems apart from a couple of passive aggressive attempts – he asks her what she is thinking about and she answers “I’m thinking about us” after which she sighs and stares at the ceiling in a dismal manner. They seem bored with one another, always on their phones ignoring the menace that exists between them. They drive to the beach, perhaps in an attempt to reconnect but when they step out of the car they walk separately, alienated from one another and from themselves as individuals. When she returns to the car to warm up, she begins to squirm in her seat anxiously while tears begin to flow. Back by the dreary sea, Robert stares down at the waves crashing against the rocks. The water is stubborn just like their relationship, but, like the waves breaking on the shore, they must break the silence between them, and they do.

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