By the Sea

By the Sea
By the Sea
  • R
  • 2h 2m
  • 2015
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Written, directed and produced by Academy Award® winner Angelina Jolie Pitt, By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Brad Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Angelina Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds and village locals, the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: By the Sea may intrigue celebrity voyeurs or fans of a certain type of arthouse cinema, but for most viewers, its beauty won't be enough to offset its narrative inertia.
The Atlantic
Sophie Gilbert

It's a fascinating experiment, and proof that Jolie truly has directorial chops and an extraordina...

June 25, 2017
New Yorker
Richard Brody

The actors aren't unhinged enough for the scathing conceit, and the script is more of a mechanism...

June 25, 2017
Detroit News
Tom Long

The point to all this seems to be life is cruel and people are jerks, but sometimes very good-look...

June 25, 2017
Chicago Reader
J. R. Jones

Pitt invests the vague, cranky relationship with his usual intelligence and restraint, but the mov...

June 25, 2017
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Gail Pennington

It's very, very slow, with probably only 20 minutes in a two-plus-hour movie in which something co...

June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Interesting but flawed film about marriage is very mature.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that By the Sea is a searing, painful 1970s-set drama about a married couple (Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt) on the brink of either divorce, self-destruction, or a deeper marital understanding -- or perhaps all of the above. Its subject matter -- marriage, infidelity, and fertility -- is quite heavy and not likely to resonate with younger viewers. Just as well, since one character drinks day and night, and another relies on prescription meds to get through the day. Plus, sexual situations and nudity abound (mainly bare breasts and backsides, though a woman's pubic area is somewhat on display in one scene, albeit shadowed). There's also some swearing, including "s--t" and "f--k."

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 13, 2015
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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