Sometimes, the simplest and most realistic can be the most philosophical and surreal. The film Vista Mare by documentarists Julia Gutweniger and Florian Kofler is that kind of a film. It shows how a typical beach holiday is created year after year to entertain people, in this case on a long beach strip by the Adriatic Sea. At the same time, it makes you wonder about the security-oriented and dramatic nature of human behavior in the welfare state.
Vista Mare does not recount facts or name places. There are no shocking twists like in the TV show White Lotus. The genre is more akin to the ski slopes of Ruben Östlund’s winter holiday film Force Majeure. Vista Mare too shows things through carefully considered images.
In the centre are the workers of a holiday complex, but even them in passing situations, as a reminder of who all are needed to keep a vacation in order.
People want sun, swimming, watersports, and good food out of a beach vacation. This is what Vista Mare is, a play built to entertain a gigantic crowd, beginning from when a cargo ship brings new sand to the beach in February and ending with thousands of parasols closing up at once, remote controlled. In between, the audience is shown regular things and people, that in this context form quite a jubilant whole.
Jaana Semeri (translated by Inari Ylinen)