First part: The dialogue is effective, if not powerful, the sets show an exceptional attention to detail, the images possess a great beauty, the actors are talented. A work of really great quality.
Second part: This part offers an accurate portrait of the psychology of fishermen and clearly shows the antagonism which drives the two brothers apart.
Third part: Astonishingly, this part, much more sombre than the previous parts, is less convincing. The avalanche of bad luck which tumbles onto the Levasseur family weighs down the intrigue. This is a shame, because the actors' performances remains one of a rare quality.
Fourth part: This epilogue sometimes appears theatrical but maintains the (remarkable) quality of the acting, direction and cinematography which make this a choice piece of television.