Sallitt has written repeatedly that his favorite director is Howard Hawks. All the Ships at Sea shows the influence of Hawks. The story telling is vigorous, the characters are rich, and the logically constructed story development is character-centered, showing vivid interactions between the principal performers. Both sisters are get-up-and-go types in the Hawks tradition. The older sister spends the entire film, taking every action she can to help the younger sister, who is in trouble. She also tries to help other people, in the course of the film. The younger sister is less functional, being in the grip of a religious cult. But the film stresses the younger sister’s willingness to take personal action in accordance with her religious convictions. She is not passive or a victim; she is a person who stands up for what she thinks is right.
Hawks spent most of his career on genre films. There is nothing genre-oriented about All the Ships at Sea, which is a realistic drama about modern life and religion. All the Ships at Sea is dedicated to the memory of Maurice Pialat, and the film reflects the tradition of modern French filmmakers who make realistic dramas stemming from Hawksian traditions, but who use realism rather than genre as their base.
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