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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.

Director:

Angelina Jolie (as Angelina Jolie Pitt)

Writer:

Angelina Jolie (as Angelina Jolie Pitt)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brad Pitt ... Roland
Angelina Jolie ... Vanessa (as Angelina Jolie Pitt)
Mélanie Laurent ... Lea
Melvil Poupaud ... François
Niels Arestrup ... Michel
Richard Bohringer ... Patrice
Marika Green Marika Green ... Dress Shop Saleswoman
Sarah Naudi Sarah Naudi ... Grocery Clerk
Aldo Buontempo Aldo Buontempo ... Fisherman
Philippe Martinet Philippe Martinet ... Maitre D'
Francis Xuereb Francis Xuereb ... Hotel Receptionist
Malcolm Beethans Malcolm Beethans ... Older Couple
Kathleen Beethans Kathleen Beethans ... Older Couple
Bjorn Kubin Bjorn Kubin ... Fancy Couple at Café
Penny Dix Penny Dix ... Fancy Couple at Café
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Storyline

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.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

France | Malta | USA

Language:

English | French | Ukrainian

Release Date:

9 December 2015 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Frente al mar See more »

Filming Locations:

Malta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$96,250, 15 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$531,009, 6 December 2015
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Chase Australia: Episode #2.74 (2016) See more »

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Written by Sam Gill
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Great movie. Perfect pace for the subject matter. And great, natural acting.

I have actually studied movie direction during my college years. Kindly clear your mind before reading this review and do not buy a single word of those wannabe critics trashing the film for random reasons they'd pulled out of you-know-where. The film has a great, beautifully evolving story. It handles its own subject matter beautifully and in a relevant way. Angelina and Brad act exactly as if it were happening in real life. Scenery is beautiful. Melanie Laurent does great. But most of all, I'd like to praise Angelina for picking such simple but great camera angles and not trying to overdo it, or over-elaborate the direction. The bartender/owner in the movie also did a great job.

Afterall, smarta**es will always say it had been done before unless it's a superhero movie based on their favorite comic books. Life has been done before, idiots. Movies about reality and subject matter like this should be judged on the accuracy and beauty of their portrayal of it, not on whether they break some new grounds by discovering a magical new aspect of reality. Great movie. Watch alone or with your loved ones. Pick a calm and cool type of night. Acting: 10/10 (for realism), Direction 9/10, Scenery 10/10, Casting 9/10 and Editing 8/10. A 9/10 movie for supreme realism.


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