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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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Angelina Jolie (as Angelina Jolie Pitt)

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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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Details

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

Gross USA:

$538,460

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,334,927
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Two male cast members (Brad Pitt & Melvil Poupaud) share the auteur François Roland Truffaut's name, with Brad Pitt called Roland and Melvil Poupaud called François. 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

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

Soundtracks

Il Faut Savoir
Written & Performed by Charles Aznavour
Courtesy of Universal Music B.V., the Netherlands
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Certainly underrated
20 January 2016 | by Daniel_SkulskiSee all my reviews

When you see a man or a woman giving a single star out of ten to a movie, stay away from his or hers (or maybe its, you never know - some reviews could be written by bots) reviews: they are the "talibans" of IMDb. They hate or love a movie and never appreciate it with their minds for the real value it may have or not in itself. And mostly, do not trust people who use words like "turgid" in their reviews - they are pedants.

You need a soul to understand this movie and, more importantly, you have to understand how relations are (use to be): difficult, heart-consuming and, sometimes, even strange.

Brad and Angelina played well, the images from Malta were beautifully carved in stone, and yet the movie is not a memorable one. I gave it only 7 stars out of 10.


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