Writer/director Jordan Bayne's “The Sea is All I Know” is a depiction of a family in crisis that is so raw in it's intensity and vivid in dialogue that you'll have a hard time believing you're not watching a documentary.
It tells the story of an estranged couple (played by Oscar winner Melissa Leo and Peter Gerety) who are forced to make an unthinkable decision in coming to the aid of their terminally ill daughter – played by Kelly Hutchinson. While all of the players provided excellent performances, Peter Gerety's was the one that I personally found the most compelling.
“Sonny” wrestles not only with the inevitable loss of his daughter but, also his spiritual, ethical, and personal beliefs. His own thoughts are best articulated in a scene with another character named Ghent. Sonny questions whether Jesus suffered because everyone abandoned him and utters a very powerful line “It ain't natural sending your son to the gallows!”.
Jordan Bayne demonstrates unbelievably strong skills as a dramatic storyteller and I can't wait to see what she comes out with next. “The Sea is All I Know” clearly could have been carried as a full length feature but, the roughly 30-minute run time makes every single one of the images all the more powerful.
If you can watch this film from start to finish without being moved to the brink of tears, then so far as I'm concerned, you don't have any feelings.
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