Through My Window: Across the Sea parents guide

Through My Window: Across the Sea Parent Guide

Weird structure, bloated runtime, and unappealing characters make this a thoroughly unpleasant film.

Overall D

Netflix: A young couple try to maintain a long distance relationship. Once reunited, they realize the distance has affected them more than they thought.

Release date June 23, 2023

Violence A
Sexual Content D
Profanity D
Substance Use C

Why is Through My Window: Across the Sea rated TV-MA? The MPAA rated Through My Window: Across the Sea TV-MA for language, nudity, sex, smoking.

Run Time: 109 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Shortly after Ares (Julio Peña Fernañdez) begins a whirlwind romance with Raquel (Clara Galle), he decides to leave Spain and attend medical school in the Swedish capital, Stockholm. Raquel is a student in Barcelona, so the young couple decide to have a long-distance relationship. Maintaining a relationship across Europe is tricky and when Ares has an opportunity to go back to Spain for a long weekend, he jumps at the chance. But being reunited doesn’t automatically produce perfect bliss: there’s some awkwardness and unspoken secrets seeping through the couple’s time together. Perhaps their relationship isn’t what either thought it was.

I did not see the first film in this series, but I did read the Wikipedia plot summary, so I think I’m caught up and I don’t think I missed much. Every single character in this story is insufferable. They are all spoiled rich kids messing around with no regard for anyone but themselves. I wasn’t rooting for the central romance because I don’t care about either of the characters. I couldn’t figure out the point of this movie since all I could see was a bunch of annoying people generating meaningless melodrama.

The way this movie is structured is also weird. There are one or two scenes, followed by a montage sequence, and then the pattern repeats. If you remove all the montages this production would be half the length, which is not an unwelcome outcome. In addition to being bloated, the film is extremely dark. Not tonally, but literally. I’m not sure if that’s a Netflix technical problem or an intentional cinematographic choice, but I had my laptop brightness up all the way and there were many scenes where I had no idea what was happening because I couldn’t see anything.

With multiple sex scenes, nudity, swearing, and alcohol and drug use, I can’t recommend this film for teens. I also can’t recommend it for adults because it’s boring, annoying, and has nothing to offer aside from gratuitous close-up shots of very attractive people. And they’re not attractive enough to justify sitting through this slog.

Directed by Marçal Forés. Starring Clara Galle, Julio Peña, Hugo Arbues. Running time: 109 minutes. Theatrical release June 23, 2023. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Through My Window: Across the Sea rated TV-MA? Through My Window: Across the Sea is rated TV-MA by the MPAA for language, nudity, sex, smoking.

Violence: A character gets into a motorcycle crash and some blood is shown.
Sexual Content: There are multiple sex scenes with various levels of explicitness. There is some nudity, including female breast nudity. Condoms are discussed in some of these scenes.
Profanity:   The script features 13 sexual expletives, around 15 mild and moderate expletives, and seven terms of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters drink socially in several scenes. A woman smokes marijuana. A character talks about getting so drunk he can’t remember anything.

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Through My Window: Across the Sea Parents' Guide

Why doesn’t Raquel tell Ares about her manuscript? And why doesn’t he tell her about his struggles at med school? Does that indicate a healthy relationship?

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If you’re interested in movies about long distance relationships, you can try Dear John, Purple Hearts, The Holiday, or Sleepless in Seattle. Determined to avoid a long distance romance, a couple agree to break up at the end of the summer in Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between.