Between Land and Sea

94 min. , dist. by Film Movement, www.filmmovement.com. 2018. DVD UPC 859686006475. $24.95. Closed-captioned. SPORTS
When most people think of surfing, they probably think of California or Hawaii. This documentary puts the Atlantic coast of Ireland in the spotlight, shining it on the surfing community in the village of Lahinch. No single narrator guides viewers, but, instead, the focus shifts among the surfers, their families, and other villagers. We watch as they ride some impressive waves, of course, but we also learn about life for the surfers on land and when weather and water are uncooperative. How do they earn a living, how do they integrate with the community, what is the village like in the summer season vs. the winter? The film explores these everyday realities to provide a strong complement to the depiction of the surfers as athletes.
VERDICT Filmed among stunning scenery of rugged shores, sandy beaches, powerful (and likely bone chilling) waves, and verdant fields, the movie is sure to capture even those who have only a modest interest in the sport of surfing.

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