Neither the Sea Nor the Sand

“The past is another country” (cf. Losey’s The Go-Between).

“You have to help me. I can’t do it alone” (cf. Damiano’s The Devil in Miss Jones).

Chabrol’s influence is evident and easily absorbed, the cinematography is among the best ever achieved. A tale of the Occupation rare as any, set on Jersey and entirely filmed on location there.

The wife of Weymouth lands a laddie at the lighthouse, he dies amid their frolics in Scotland, yet lives on.

Time Out Film Guide, which describes the lover’s homosexual brother as “prim”, believes this masterwork of the British cinema “must qualify as one of the worst films of the decade.”