By the Sea

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By the Sea

Angelina Jolie (2015)

15 Certificate
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Angelina Jolie Pitt's third film as director (and the first under her married moniker) is a fusion of the existential angst of Michelangelo Antonioni's "alienation trilogy" with the marital acrimony of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (plus a soupçon of Hitchcock for good measure). Set in southern France circa 1973, it follows a former dancer (Jolie Pitt) and her struggling writer husband (Brad Pitt) when they take a vacation in the midst of a crisis. When newlyweds (Mélanie Laurent and Melvil Poupaud) move into the room next door, it reignites the older couple's desire and reveals the source of their unvoiced agony. The cinematography practically groans under the weight of its gorgeousness and Pitt turns in a natural performance in a role that makes fine use of his easy charm. Sadly, Jolie Pitt spends most of the film lounging despondently over furniture, and under the scrutiny of her own directorial gaze appears self-conscious. It's a pity because there's appealing intimacy between the real-life couple. Stylistically seductive but emotionally and intellectually frustrating, By the Sea is a film that gives us mere ripples when it could have made waves.


An American writer and his wife arrive in a picturesque French seaside town in France, their marriage in the middle of a crisis. They form friendships with locals and fellow visitors, while trying to repair the cracks in their relationship. Drama, directed by and starring Angelina Jolie, with Brad Pitt and Melanie Laurent.

Cast & Crew

Roland Brad Pitt
Vanessa Angelina Jolie
Lea Mélanie Laurent
François Melvil Poupaud
Michel Niels Arestrup
Patrice Richard Bohringer
Director Angelina Jolie
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Other Information

Language: English / FrenchColourTheatrical distributor: UniversalAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 11 Dec 2015