“By the Sea is a story about a relationship derailed by loss, the tenacity of love, and the path to recovery and acceptance.” —Angelina Jolie Pitt
Written, directed and produced by Academy Award® winner ANGELINA JOLIE PITT, By the Sea is Jolie Pitt’s third feature film as director and follows last year’s epic Unbroken. The dramatic film stars BRAD PITT and Jolie Pitt, who are supported by an international ensemble led by MÉLANIE LAURENT (Inglourious Basterds, Now You See Me), MELVIL POUPAUD (Laurence Anyways, The Lady in the Portrait), as well as three-time César winner NIELS ARESTRUP (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The French Minister) and two-time César winner RICHARD BOHRINGER (The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Le grand chemin).
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 reminiscent of European cinema and theater of the ’60s and ’70s—with its concentrated, lean storytelling style, spare dialogue and intimate, often disquieting atmosphere.
For the production, Jolie Pitt is joined behind the scenes by a crew that includes cinematographer CHRISTIAN BERGER (The White Ribbon, The Notebook), who used his Cine Reflect Lighting System to shoot the film; production designer JON HUTMAN (Unbroken, It’s Complicated); editors PATRICIA ROMMEL (The Lives of Others, In the Land of Blood and Honey) and MARTIN PENSA (Dallas Buyers Club, Wild); and costume designer ELLEN MIROJNICK (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, TV’s The Knick).
Pitt joins her in production duties, while CHRIS BRIGHAM (Inception), HOLLY GOLINE-SADOWSKI (Unbroken) and MICHAEL VIEIRA (Unbroken) serve as executive producers.
Age between twenty and twenty-one
Resident at her parents
Pale complexion, aquiline nose
disappeared this morning Reach
Five twenty minutes
You sleep by the roadside
The knife of your assassin
In the hollow of thy loins
Roland BRAD PITT
Vanessa ANGELINA JOLIE PITT
Lea MÉLANIE LAURENT
François MELVIL POUPAUD
Michel NIELS ARESTRUP
Patrice RICHARD BOHRINGER
Dress Shop Saleswoman MARIKA GREEN
Grocery Clerk SARAH NAUDI
Fisherman ALDO BUONTEMPO
Maitre D’ PHILIPPE MARTINET
Hotel Receptionist FRANCIS XUEREB
Older Couple MALCOLM BEETHANS
Fancy Couple at Café BJORN KUBIN
Waiter in Café GEORGE CAMILLERI
Café Cat ARCADIA VODKA
Child in Hotel INDI MARCEAU COPPOLA