By the Sea

Out Now On-Demand

Angelina Jolie writes and directs this relationship drama, co-starring with husband Brad Pitt. Set in the 1970s, the film follows a couple who retreat to a gorgeous seaside resort in France, only to be confronted by the reality that their marriage is in crisis. Co-stars French talents Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), Niels Arestrup (A Prophet) and Melvil Poupaud (Laurence Anyways).

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Drama, Romance

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Rating: R16 Violence, offensive language, sex scenes and content that may disturb

USA

Time Out New York

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A so-so film, but its meandering stretches of decaying glamour make it about 10 times more interesting than most Oscar bait.

Guardian (UK)

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It’s a vanity project that’s difficult to love, but alluring to unpack.

Variety (USA)

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Always offers something to tickle the eye and ear, even as it leaves the heart and mind coolly unstirred.

Hollywood Reporter

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There's no catharsis at the end from the journey taken, just relief that it's over.

Washington Post

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dazzlingly gorgeous, as are its stars. But peeling back layer upon layer of exquisite ennui reveals nothing but emptiness, sprinkled with stilted sentiments.

Rolling Stone (USA)

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The Pitts, it must be said, suffer gorgeously.

New Yorker

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

New York Times

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A knowing or at least a ticklishly amusing demonstration of celebrity and its relay of gazes from one of the most looked-at women in the world. Take, watch, she seems to say, this is my body.