Early morning on a perfect summer's day, people begin to descend on an idyllic, secluded beach. Among their number, a family, a young couple, a refugee and some American tourists. Its fine white sand is fringed with rock pools filled with crystal clear water. The beach is sheltered from prying eyes by green-fringed cliffs that soar around the cove. But this utopia keeps a dark secret.
A woman's body is found floating in the waters, which brings these thirteen strangers together to try and unravel the riddle of the sands and escape the beach alive in this tense, fantastical mystery.
A secluded beach becomes the stage for self-discovery for various strangers bound together during the most important moment of their lives in this graphic novel, which begins like a murder mystery, continues like an episode of the Twilight Zone, and finishes with a kind of existentialism that wouldn't be out of place in a Von Trier film. An early morning vignette with a mysterious swimmer and a perching voyeur is soon interrupted when families arrive at the beach, bringing their cluttered lives with them. The geological, primordial beauty of the cove can't soften the anger and sarcasm of the complicated generational relationships that land on it that morning the spousal bickering, the teenage angst, as multiple visitors snipe, attempt to escape from each other, demand attention that never comes, and fixate on tiny quirks about their day that soon blossom into something to panic about. When the members of the group finally understand their situation, they find themselves challenged to cherish every moment of life that might be left for them after years of never living at all. Levy is Peeters's collaborator on a film adaptation of the graphic memoir Blue Pills; together they take this idea to frantic, metaphoric heights.
Being stupid for not reading the reviews or sample- it was a graphics novel. So not my thing.
Boring and needlessly disgusting
The main crime of this graphic novel is really how little there is beneath the surface of it. It tries to be a existential nightmare, which it could’ve succeeded at, but non of the characters are remotely interesting enough to care for their situation. Plus there is so, so much needless sex in here. Most of the time it doesn’t really make sense as to why it would happen. It has a cool premise, but nothing else at all.