Bernie (Mark Burns) is an alcoholic escapist who tries the patience of everybody around him with the exception of his niece Winnie (Beatie Edney). Desperate to escape his debts and drink himself into oblivion, Bernie arrives to take his niece on a trip to the beach. But will her childish innocence and vulnerability awaken Bernie's instinct to survive, or will he surrender to his desire for self-destruction?
An oddity written by Roman Polanski with a cameo by Peter Sellers
- A Day at the Beach review by PV
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Here's an oddity. A film based on a novel, screenplay by Roman Polanksi, with Peter Sellers giving a very un=pc performance as 'A. Queen' in a seaside shop.
The plot is simple: arty drunk takes little girl to seaside and gets drunk alone and with others. Nothing else happens.
Make me laugh because these days this man would be arrested by the plods for: drunk and disorderly; drunk in charge of a child; child neglect/abuse; using bad language' being offensive; walking in the rain without an umbrella and much else besides!
Mind you, Peter Sellers would also be arrested for inciting hatred against homosexuals with his queeny performance.
It's all set in a foreign place - looks like the Baltic or Denmark really, judging by the language. Could be anywhere Scandinavian or northern Europe.
A very odd little film that would never be made today - mostly forgettable. Want to see a study of alcoholism, then watch Leaving Las Vegas or the weird Icelandic film Of Horses and Men (or Of Men and Horses).