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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.

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(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
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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.

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Drama | Romance

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

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9 December 2015 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Frente al mar  »

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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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2.39 : 1
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Cinematographer Christian Berger said he will be employing mostly natural light for By the Sea (2015), using the 'Cine Reflect Lighting System'(CRLS) he developed together with Christian Bartenbach, an Austrian pioneer and expert on innovative light solutions. The lighting system 'CRLS' channels existing light using a series of reflectors that create a more natural lighting and at the same time a less distracting working environment: "It changes the method of working on set for the director and the actors, and in this film enhances the period and atmosphere." Berger already employed and perfected the 'CRLS' in some of his previous work including his Academy Award-nominated cinematography for Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon (2009). 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

Bar Keeper: If you really love someone, you want more for them than you want for yourself. Do you understand?
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The film opens with the early 1970's Universal Pictures logo. See more »

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

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Petite Fille Amour
Written by Jacqueline Taïeb, Catherine Podguzer
Performed by Jacqueline Taïeb
Courtesy of LoveCat Music & FGL Productions
By arrangement with Ocean Park Music Group
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Ultra slow-moving relationship drama finds a pulse in the second half
21 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

"By The Sea" (2015 release; 122 min.) brings the story of married couple Roland (played by Brad Pitt) and Vanessa (played by Angeline Jolie). As the move opens, we see them driving in a gorgeous 1960s Citroen convertible somewhere in the south of France, while Jane Birkin's "Jane B" is blasting on the radio. Roland and Vanessa find an agreeable spot close by the sea and decide to stay there. Eventually another married couple (some years younger, though) ends up in the hotel room next to Vanessa and Roland, not aware that Vanessa found a peep hole, allowing them to look in the other room. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: this is the third movie in the last 3 years directed by Angelina Jolie (she also wrote the script), but the first one where she directs herself (and Brad). It's been exactly 10 years since Angelina and Brad co-starred (ironically also in a struggling marriage, but of a very different kind!). If it sounds from my introductory lines that a lot is happening in the movie, think again. This is an ultra-slow moving film. You would think that this would allow us to get to know these characters, but alas, that is not the case either. We know virtually nothing as to why the marriage is in trouble, and can only speculate why Vanessa seems depressed, if not worse, and why Roland is experiencing writer's block. Despite all that, the movie does find some traction in the second half, just in the nick of time, frankly. The movie's photography is drop-dead gorgeous (filmed in Malta, that stood in as the south of France). The movie features a number of big French movie stars, including Melvil Poupaud and the beautiful Melanie Laurent (as the other married couple) and Niels Arestrup (as the café tender). There is a ton of great music featured in the movie, both in the musical score, as well as French songs from that era (think Serge Gainsbourg, Jane Birkin, Jacques Dutronc, Sheila, etc.).

"By The Sea" opened this weekend at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati, and since I don't expect this to play in theaters very long, I went to see it right away. The Saturday early evening screening where I saw this at was attended dismally (4 people, including myself). I can't say it surprised me as the vibe around this movie has not been great. I nevertheless was curious about it (due to a clever trailer, frankly). If you are interested in catching a slow-moving relationship drama that is way off-center, I encourage you this give this a try, be it in the theater (better hurry!), on VAD or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray.


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