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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 ... 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

Aspect Ratio:

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

When Vanessa is in the bathtub as Roland describes what is happening in the neighboring room, Vanessa is shown with the water level just above her nipples, then shown resting her head on the edge of the tub and sinking a little lower. A few seconds later, during which her head has not moved, the water level is a couple inches below her nipples when it ought to be an inch or so above them. See more »

Quotes

Vanessa: Do you see that fisherman? He goes out every day, comes back every night. Hardly catches any fish. What keeps him from going insane? From being so tired of it all? What is it we don't know?
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The film opens with the early 1970's Universal Pictures logo. See more »

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Referenced in The Oscars (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

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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A tender and accurate portrayal
30 March 2016 | by jlshenstoneSee all my reviews

I won't say what everyone else has said about this film. What I will say is that it was a beautiful portrayal of some of the darker emotions in life.

Maybe others hate to see their own loneliness on screen, by two actors they've deemed unworthy before they've even watched it, or they have never experienced themselves the emotions portrayed in this film.

Melancholia is the last film I can remember portraying depression accurately. This film is the same, though it's not as simple as, she has depression or she is lonely. Her character was real to me and Angelina portrayed her well.

If you've ever met someone and loved them more than they love themselves and despite their own thoughts of themselves then maybe you will feel something when you watch this. If not, there are plenty more films out there for you that require a lot less emotional range.


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