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For her third feature film as a director, Angelina Jolie Pitt takes on her most ambitious challenge yet: dramatizing the mysteries and secrets of an intimate, long-term personal relationship. The actress turned filmmaker made her directorial debut with 2011's In the Land of Blood and Honey, which examined the relationship between former lovers who are reunited on opposite sides of a chain-link fence during the Bosnian war. As I wrote at the time, it is "unflinching and infuriating; Jolie evokes emotions honestly, through brutal visual depictions of violence against women. The film treads onto less certain terrain when trying to reduce the war to a conflict between Ajla and Danijel; it's too much of a burden to place on characters to expect them to be...
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"In the Land of Blood and Honey" (2011)Angelina Jolie made her move to directing with this ambitious foreign language romance drama set against the background of the Bosnian War. Goran Kostić brings a weary vulnerability to Denijel, a solider fighting for the Bosnian Serbs, whose father happens to be the savage leader of the Yugoslav People's Army and their prison camp. To his surprise, he finds a former love suffering in confinement as a Bosniak prisoner. Ajla (Zana Marjanovic) is a sensitive young woman with envious resolve and self-assurance to spare. Their romantic reawakening passionately plays out in secret as they go to harrowing lengths to protect a history that could kill them both. "Bright Star" (2009)Jane Campion's gorgeously realized and lovingly crafted "Bright Star" keeps its protagonists — poet John Keats (Ben Whishaw) and the forward-thinking Fanny Brawne (Abbie Cornish) — apart due to seemingly surmountable issues, like wealth (he. »
After a big AFI Fest premiere, “By The Sea,” Angelina Jolie’s third directorial outing, opens in theaters tomorrow. The film marks something of a departure for the megastar-turned-helmer: as opposed to the prestige-y conflict dramas of “In The Land Of Blood And Honey” and last year’s “Unbroken,” the new film is a European-style melodrama set in the 1970s about a troubled American couple on vacation whose relationship is put to the test in a major way. It’s a throwback to a particular kind of movie made by Italian directors of the 1950s and 1960s, but also filmed by others before and since, which examine a marriage or relationship in crisis, the hope that can come from surviving those tests and the sadness when you realize you won’t make it. How successful Jolie has been in capturing the spirit of those movies is debatable (read our review »
- The Playlist Staff
When I was in my mid-to-late teens and movie crazy, there was a period where I fell in love with European art films and convinced myself that I needed to move to France so I could smoke and think constantly about death and have a beautiful detached girlfriend who would join me as we robbed banks, drank coffee, and spoke in magnificent ellipses. Looking at the sun-drenched coasts of France and Italy and Spain, I ached to someday go to those places so I could stand around and be morose and hopefully look half as good as those people did while doing so. My guess is that many audiences will attend "By The Sea" hoping to learn something about the real relationship between the uber-famous husband and wife who star in the movie, but that's a sucker's game. This isn't a documentary, and they're not playing themselves. Instead, "By The Sea »
- Drew McWeeny
Retreating from wartime horrors (“Unbroken,” “In the Land of Blood and Honey”) to explore the less perilous minefield of a troubled marriage, Angelina Jolie Pitt pulls off a halfway compelling trick with “By the Sea,” an unabashed vanity project that struggles to turn its own beautiful inertia into a virtue. Drenched in so many photogenic shades of cream, tan and khaki that it might as well have been titled “Beige Valentine,” this glossy Euro-modernist-art-film throwback casts the writer-director and her husband, Brad Pitt, as a gorgeously unhappy 1970s American couple seeking to escape their demons during an extended stay on the Maltese coast. Meandering and overlong in ways that will test the patience of even die-hard Brangelina fans, the film ultimately feels too dramatically reductive and obvious to pull off its desired cocktail of Albee and Antonioni, limiting its appeal primarily to those viewers who can get drunk on visual pleasure alone. »
- Justin Chang
You can kick a little harder when you're married to your costar in real life, according to this amusing gif from the new trailer for By the Sea. The film -- starring real-life lovers Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as a severely dysfunctional married couple vacationing in 1970s France -- is keeping much of its story (and dialogue) under wraps so far, and instead serving up these deliciously moody previews full of grand music cues and lots of unhappiness between its two stars. Check it out below. By the Sea hits theaters on November 13, and it's a lot different from the last movie that starred the pair, 2007's Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Jolie, fresh off back-to-back directorial efforts with the smaller In the Land of Blood and Honey and the bigger awards-friendly...
- Erik Davis
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt a play star-crossed couple who slowly self-destruct in a new video for their upcoming movie “By the Sea.” Can two aging actors still deliver enough on-screen passion and heat to connect with young audiences? Her previous writing and directing effort for 2011’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey” and her direction of 2014’s “Unbroken” resulted in plodding and sometimes ponderous films. ...Read More »
- Keith Girard
By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Brad Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Angelina Jolie), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Mélanie Laurent) and François (Melvil Poupaud) and village locals Michel (Niels Arestrup) and Patrice (Richard Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. The supporting cast includes Sarah Naudi, George Camilleri, Anna Cachia and Frédéric Dessains. EW has our look at the new trailer.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt share the big screen for the first time since 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith in By the Sea. Angelina Jolie says she had an easier time writing and and directing the movie thanks to her husband. Universal Pictures has set a November 13 release date for By the Sea. »
Angelina Jolie first branched into directing when she made a foreign-language film that took place in the midst of the Bosnian war, In the Land of Blood and Honey. Since then, she directed the incredible true story of Olympic athlete and soldier Louis Zamperini in last year's Unbroken. Now she is back with her third directorial effort, By the Sea, starring alongside her husband, Brad Pitt.
We're hoping the third time's the charm for the acclaimed actress, who despite showing promise in her previous filmmaking ventures, didn't find much success with either film. For By the Sea, which she wrote, directed and stars in, the premise feels far more personal.
Everything about this film holds great promise. A relationship drama set in France in the 1970s, Angelina wrote the film thinking it would never be made, giving her more freedom with the project. We're expecting some intense chemistry from the »
- Adriana Floridia
Production has begun in the Czech Republic on The Zookeeper’S Wife, adapted from Diane Ackerman’s nonfiction book of the same name which was based on the diaries of Antonina Żabiński. Focus Features will release the film domestically; Universal Pictures International has distribution rights to the film in the U.K., France, Germany, Scandinavia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
The Zookeeper’S Wife dramatizes a real-life story of heroism. The time is 1939. The place is Poland, homeland of Antonina Żabiński (portrayed by Ms. Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh, a European Film Award nominee for the Academy Award-nominated The Broken Circle Breakdown). The Warsaw Zoo flourishes under Jan’s stewardship and Antonina’s care. When their »
- Michelle McCue
Bosnian thesp Fedja Stukan has two films unspooling at the Sarajevo Film Festival (which runs through Aug. 22) — Fernando Leon de Aranoa’s “A Perfect Day” and Cristobal Krusen’s “Sabina K,” which Stukan also produced; he hosted the fest’s opening ceremonies, as well. The 41-year-old Bosnian army special forces veteran boasts a string of military roles among his credits, including Angelina Jolie’s “In the Land of Blood and Honey.” “A Perfect Day,” which IFC will distribute Stateside, was the first film in which he portrayed a normal guy. “Usually I play marginalized people, terrorists, rapists,” he says. “It’s my face I guess.”
Complex Captain: In Juanita Wilson’s 2010 drama “As if I Am Not There,” Stukan made an impression as an officer who exhibits a degree of humanity in the midst of the horrific Balkan war. “The captain was a much older man, but I rewrote it for Fedja, »
- Alissa Simon
They haven’t appeared on-screen since their 2005 effort Mr. and Mrs. Smith, but now a married couple in real-life, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have squared off in the upcoming drama By The Sea. We’ve just received the first By The Sea trailer, which you can see below.
This is a very different effort to their previous movie, and revolves around a couple kicking about France as their marriage is on the verge of collapse.
Here’s the proper, official plot:
Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such »
- Paul Heath
Jolie’s third film, about a married couple traveling through France in 1970s, features pill-popping, running mascara and brutal slapping
After impressing with her first feature in the director’s chair – In the Land of Blood and Honey – Angelina Jolie disappointed with her studio-sized sophomore drama, Unbroken, which reeked of a desperate bid to be taken seriously by awards voters with its schmaltz tone and massive scale. For her third feature, By the Sea, Jolie has gone in the opposite direction to serve up an intimate character study. It seems like the transition has brought out the best in Jolie.
In By the Sea, Jolie reunites on-screen with her husband Brad Pitt for the first time since Mr and Mrs Smith. They play a married couple in the mid-1970s traveling through France who are forced to re-examine their relationship after an encounter with a younger couple (Mélanie Laurent and »
- Nigel M Smith
"Do you wanna hurt me? Hurt me!" Universal has debuted the first official trailer + a poster for Angelina Jolie Pitt's By the Sea, a period romance starring Brad Pitt and of course, Angelina Jolie Pitt herself as well. The cast includes Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Sarah Naudi. It was filmed around Malta, an archipelago in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast. Truthfully, this really just seems like Pitt and Pitt – or rather Angelina and Brad – having "fun" doing a movie together where they can dress up and explore all these crazy emotions in a romantic story set in a beautiful location in the past. I'm definitely intrigued, this trailer is a very alluring tease. Take a look below. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Angelina Jolie Pitt's By the Sea, in high def from Apple: Written, directed and produced by the Angelina Jolie »
- Alex Billington
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt share the big screen for the first time since 2005's Mr. and Mrs. Smith in the trailer for By the Sea. We haven't heard much about this drama since the first look photo debuted back in September, but today we finally get to see some footage from this drama, which Angelina Jolie also wrote and directed. Universal Pictures has set a November 13 release date for By the Sea.
By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Brad Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Angelina Jolie), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Mélanie Laurent) and François (Melvil Poupaud) and village locals Michel (Niels Arestrup) and Patrice (Richard Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. »
Since their first appearance onscreen together in the 2005 Doug Liman action film Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Brad Pitt and Angeline Jolie have gone on to earn critical acclaim for a number of performances. Pitt’s filmography has since added Inglourious Basterds, The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford, The Tree of Life, and Burn After Reading, while Jolie has appeared in A Mighty Heart and Changeling while also stepping behind the camera for In The Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken. The duo’s next project, however, is poised to see them reunite onscreen, this time in a dramatic turn. The film, titled By The Sea, has the following plot synopsis.
Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
For her first two features as a director, Angelina Jolie took on the wartime romance In the Land of Blood and Honey and the prisoner of war tale Unbroken. Now she’s heading into much more intimate territory with By the Sea, and the first trailer has just arrived. Jolie writes and directs the drama and […]
- Ethan Anderton
Read More: Angelina Jolie's 'By the Sea' to be Released During Awards Season 2015 For her third feature film, Angelina Jolie is scaling way back after the ambitious war epics "In the Land of Blood and Honey" and "Unbroken," while also tackling acting and screenwriting duties. In what she has described as an "art film," "By the Sea" looks to be an intense character play full of high drama. Jolie stars opposite Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud and Richard Bohringer. The drama marks the first time Jolie and Pitt have acted with each other since "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." The official synopsis reads: "'By the Sea' follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, »
- Zack Sharf
Angelina Jolie has a motto: If you want something done right in Hollywood, just do it yourself. Five years ago, when the actress and fillmmaker was writing the screenplay for In the Land of Blood and Honey, a love story amid the Bosnian War, she wrestled with the idea of turning it over to another director. In the end, however, Jolie, 40, had a nagging sense that her story would somehow be misinterpreted — so she added another credit to her resume. "The idea that somebody would [...] »
Word of mouth about Netflix must be pretty damn good in the Jolie-Pitt house. Almost two months after Brad Pitt shook hands with the company to have them distribute his upcoming star/producer project War Machine, a satirical comedy and departure-from-the-norm for Animal Kingdom/The Rover director David Michod, Angelina Jolie is teaming with the streaming site for her fourth directorial effort, the Loung Ung biography First They Killed My Father. amz asin="0060856262" size="small"The feature is an adaptation of Ung's best-selling memoir of the same name, who helped co-adapt the screenplay with Jolie. The two are reported to be very close friends from a bond beginning in 2001, one year after her book was published to wide-spread acclaim. The superstar reached out to her at the time with her love and praise for her words, and they've tried to turn this into a feature since. Jolie is also on board to produce the feature, »
- Will Ashton
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