Episode of the Sea

The result of a two-year collaboration with the fishing community of Urk, a former island in the Netherlands. In the previous century, the Dutch closed off and drained their inland sea to reclaim new farmland. The island of Urk, situated in the middle of the sea, suddenly found itself embraced by land. Its inhabitants were expected to switch from fishing to farming, but the fishermen managed to continue their trade. They found new fishing grounds, far out in the North Sea.


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  • ★★★½ review by Reuben on Letterboxd

    enjoyed significantly more than i thought i'd have enjoyed a fishing documentary... this mubi thing really isn't half bad

  • ★★★½ review by Felix Hubble on Letterboxd

    About a million times better than I thought it would be. Rumination on the death of old practice and the loss of history. Solid.

  • ★★★½ review by Miguel De Moya on Letterboxd

    This was interesting...

  • ★★★½ review by Kevin Matthews on Letterboxd

    A fascinating look at a fishing community, how much has stayed the same and how much has changed over the years, this is a stark, but somehow also visually gorgeous, and absorbing, elegiac tribute to the hard-working people of Urk.

  • ★★★½ review by KubrickFan on Letterboxd

    I would gladly give this a 4-star rating (or even higher) if it wasn't so riddled with unnecessary expository text. The cinematography is one of the best I've ever seen in documentaries, and even the stilted acting has some merit, even if it was overused. Overall, however, it breaks the "show, don't tell" rule to the film's own detriment, and that's a shame.

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