By The Sea is a mood piece. The Angelina Jolie (Pitt) directed pic looks like a good ‘70s set Euro-drama and I imagine that Jolie and Brad Pitt deliver on a performance level. This won’t be for the Mr And Mrs Smith Crowd. The Pitts are using their clout to deliver the type of drama that Hollywood isn’t willing to make anymore.
I don’t think this will do well at the box office – but that’s not the point.
‘By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Laurent) and François (Poupaud), and village locals Michel (Arestrup) and Patrice (Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.
In its style, and its treatment of themes of the human experience, By the Sea is inspired by European cinema and theater of the ’60s and ’70s.’