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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roland
... Vanessa (as Angelina Jolie Pitt)
... Lea
... François
... Michel
... Patrice
Marika Green ... Dress Shop Saleswoman
... Grocery Clerk
Aldo Buontempo ... Fisherman
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 USA:

$96,250, 15 November 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$531,009, 6 December 2015
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Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 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: Honey, why are you doing this? Why are you trying to put that in my head? So you can be the victim? Being the wife of a failed writer is not good enough for pill-popping and self-pity? Now you need a better reason to destroy yourself?
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Crazy Credits

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


Referenced in Mr. Robot: eps3.7_dont-delete-me.ko (2017) See more »


Blue Farouq
Written by Richard Mitchell
Performed by Charlie Rose Quintet
Courtesy of Original Jazz Classics
By arrangement with Concord Music Group, LLC
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Hidden gem showing the reality of marriage ups and downs. Boys need not apply.
17 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

So, after watching the movie....the last one in a string of subtle disappointments in a 4 day movie marathon I treated myself to (and believe me, this includes most of the 2016 Oscar winners and nominees), I have decided that this movie impacted me the most. It moved me. It made me feel something. I related to it, I thought it was very real...YES very real, despite the location, setting, pretty clothes, breasts, make-up and whatever else all the GUYS commented on in their all-encompassing self-wisdom they proclaim to have on women, marriage, and relationships, and most of all, being ENTERTAINED FOR A FEW HOURS. After being married for 25 years, I can totally relate. Relationships are difficult and finding someone who can actually see you for what and who you are and helping you through the troubles and enjoying the good times is very rare. RARE. I commend the couple in producing something very raw and personal in nature and sharing it with everyone. The reality of this movie that no one speaks of in their reviews because they didn't feel like they could sit through 2 hours of a "slow narrative" is that only a small handful of relationships make it through the tough times (oh, for those that are married and don't remember that's the part about "...in sickness and in health, in good times and in bad..."). While I would love to know the average age and gender of the "reviews", somehow I feel I would not be surprised. So here's my rating ladies...if you are young and looking for someone to share the rest of your life with...good or bad, I would say "good luck" because finding a keeper...you have a 3 outta 10 chance.

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