To See the Sea

Taking the form of a video diary, this Czech coming-of-age story centers on an 11-year-old boy who wants to become a filmmaker. He improbably cites Miloš Forman as his role model and, like Forman, approaches cinema as a tool for exposing people’s foibles, embarking on a documentary project to prove his father is having an extramarital affair. Writer-director Jiri Màdl, in turn, exposes how filmmaking can bring out the worst in people; the boy abuses his power, secretly recording his parents’ lovemaking and other things he shouldn’t be watching. You’re never sure if the hero is an ordinary mischief maker or a potential monster, and this ambiguity keeps the movie fresh and interesting. In Czech with subtitles.