After a reader told me she loved it even more than the one from SGG, I broke down and bought the DVD last week so I could see it for myself.
The minute this waterfront cottage in Maine appeared onscreen, I knew it was worth the $17 I spent on it.
Take a look!
The Beach House in Maine from “Head Above Water”
The movie was filmed entirely in Phippsburg, Maine.
They did an amazing job making it look like it had been sitting there for years, but the beach house was actually built for the movie on a private island near Lincoln Beach.
Cameron Diaz plays Nathalie, whose family owns the cottage.
Craig Sheffer plays her childhood friend Lance who lives in the cottage next door.
Harvey Keitel plays a judge and Nathalie’s husband. They make an odd couple, for sure.
The movie was filmed in 1996, but the interiors don’t look as dated as you’d expect.
Head Above Water was a remake of a Norwegian film.
I guess I should mention for those of you who haven’t seen the movie that I might mention some things you’d consider “spoilers” in this post, but I’ll try not to give anything major away!
We only get glimpses of the bedroom and bath…
When George and Lance leave on an overnight fishing trip, Nathalie gets a visit from former boyfriend Kent (Billy Zane), who arrives on a stolen boat bearing flowers.
Kent tells Nathalie that he sent her a postcard telling her he was coming, but she never got it. It makes her wonder if her husband intercepted it.
I kept hoping they’d let us see the screened porch behind the kitchen, but no dice.
There’s a painted brick fireplace in the center of the cottage:
Jeffrey Beecroft provided the production design for the bungalow and surrounding structures.
The Storage Shed:
One of George’s projects was to build a gazebo:
The cottage next door where Lance lives:
Everything I read said that these beach houses were torn down after filming (just like they did with that charming stone cottage in The Holiday, another movie Diaz was in).
However, a couple of readers tell me they weren’t torn down — just moved to another location.
Barb says: “If you check Small Point Maine cottage rentals you can see that there are vacancies sometimes in Windsong and Driftwood. Sometimes we still call them the ‘movie houses.'”
Sure enough, you can see photos of them on their Facebook page!
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