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By the Sea (2015)

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A couple tries to repair their marriage while staying at a hotel in France.


(as Angelina Jolie Pitt)


(as Angelina Jolie Pitt)
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1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Vanessa (as Angelina Jolie Pitt)
Marika Green ...
Dress Shop Saleswoman
Grocery Clerk
Aldo Buontempo ...
Philippe Martinet ...
Maitre D'
Francis Xuereb ...
Hotel Receptionist
Malcolm Beethans ...
Older Couple
Kathleen Beethans ...
Older Couple
Bjorn Kubin ...
Fancy Couple at Café
Penny Dix ...
Fancy Couple at Café


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 as a local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner. Written by Production

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When we die on the inside, the outside is left wandering dangerously by the sea.


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 December 2015 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Frente al mar  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$96,250 (USA) (15 November 2015)


$531,009 (USA) (6 December 2015)

Company Credits

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


This marks the first time that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have appeared together in a feature film in 10 years. They previously starred together as a married couple in the major box office success Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). See more »


During one of his drinking binges, Roland (Brad Pitt) knocks his shot glass off the counter, and clumsily wipes up the mess. During the following conversation with the bartender, the shot glass is missing, then reappears on the counter in front of Roland, then is missing again. See more »


Roland: You resist happiness.
Vanessa: Don't quote some book and try to analyze my life.
Roland: You don't resist happiness?
Vanessa: Are you trying to illustrate your point by making me unhappy?
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with the early 1970's Universal Pictures logo. See more »


Referenced in Midnight Screenings: Creed/By the Sea (2015) See more »


Mountain Air
Written by Tab Smith, Edmund Anderson
Performed by Sandy Williams
Courtesy of Fantasy
By arrangement with Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Turgid and borrowed
2 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

The notes of Chopin's Prelude in E Minor at the end neatly summarizes this stale, borrowed and unoriginal film. That prelude is so over used as to be a calling card of sophomore sensibility. Then again, it fits perfectly within the overdone story: the Midi of France, of exile and difference, of finding some true self in a marriage, and of the libido and voyeurism.

The dramatic conceit - if it has one - is owed in part to Godard's "Contempt": the hat that Pitt wears is like Piccoli's in the 1963 film; a struggling writer too, together with the marriage that suffers from some tacit fault line which only the wife knows and can cure.

In "Contempt" it had another cause, in this project it is some delusion which has struck the writer in the vain belief that she can write, and consequently serve a thread of scenes which can be presented as a film.

The first half is turgid and requires some intrigue to hold attention, but instead the audience has the face of Jolie pouting behind huge sunglasses and a Bardot-style brimmed hat with the sulking expression of a 3 year old. Pitt takes over in this portion of the film and drinks heavily and mumbles French. Going to the bar is preferable to the hotel and his wife.

In the second hour the movie wakes up but seems entangled, for no other reason, in a "menage a quatre", to give it some plot and direction. It falls apart quickly though because the writing is inane. Locations, sun and sea, and some unshaven locals fill in the running time, but to be realistic, it hasn't fulfilled anything and it's been pointless.

Then Chopin's prelude is added to the closing images and we comprehend the full mediocrity of the vision.

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