The Sea Wall (Un barrage contre le Pacifique) 13 years old

The Sea Wall

The film centers around a young French widow and her two adolescent children attempt to carve out a meager life for themselves by farming rice fields alongside the ocean in French Indo-China in the 1930's. Their efforts are hampered each year by the presence of the sea, which invariably floods the fields with saltwater and wipes out the crops. In desperation, the mother realizes that their only hope lies in the construction of a sea wall to prevent continued flooding, but the mother must cut a swath through the local bureaucracy in an almost Sisyphean attempt to make this happen. Meanwhile, her obstinate daughter, Suzanne, draws the romantic obsessions of a well-to-do Chinese gentleman, Monsieur Jo; though he could easily provide a way out, the possibility of a romantic relationship between Jo and Suzanne could just as easily fall prey to local racial prejudices that would damage or ruin the lives of both.


The Sea Wall Cast

Name Character
Isabelle Huppert She was 54, now 69 years old as Madame Dufresne, la mère
Àstrid Bergès-Frisbey She was 21, now 36 years old as Suzanne
Gaspard Ulliel He was 23, now 37 years old as Joseph
Stéphane Rideau He was 31, now 45 years old as Agosti
Vincent Grass He was 58, now 73 years old as Bart
Randal Douc He was 36, now 50 years old as Monsieur Jo
Lucy Harrison She was 38, now 52 years old as Carmen
Ingrid Mareski as une cliente occidentale du restaurant « Chez Bart »
Duong Vanthon

The Sea Wall Crew

Name Department
Michel Fessler as Writer. He was 55 (now 69) years old Writing
Rithy Panh as Director. He was 43 (now 58) years old Directing
Rithy Panh as Writer. He was 43 (now 58) years old Writing
Marguerite Duras as Novel. She was 93 (81) years old when She died Writing
The Sea Wall poster
The Sea Wall (13 years)

  • Release day: Wednesday, January 07, 2009
  • Runtime: 115 minutes