By the Sea Trailer: Angelina Jolie Directs and Stars Alongside Brad Pitt

The first trailer has been released for By the Sea, a relationship drama that sees Angelina Jolie Pitt directing and starring alongside her husband Brad Pitt.

Jolie also writes By the Sea, which tells the story of an American couple who arrive in a beautiful resort in France during the 70s. Their marriage is clearly on the rocks and as they spend time with others, including newlyweds Lea (Mélanie Laurent) and François (Melvil Poupaud), their issues come to light.

This marks Jolie’s third feature film behind the camera, following In the Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken, and, at least from this trailer, it looks great. Jolie and Pitt seem to be putting in strong turns as this married couple on the verge of a breakdown, bringing to mind Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet in Sam Mendes’ excellent Revolutionary Road. The cinematography of longtime Michael Haneke collaborator Christian Berger (Hidden, The White Ribbon) looks fantastic as well. Fingers crossed.

By the Sea, also starring Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer, is lined up for U.S. release on November 13.

Synopsis for By the Sea:

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. Jolie Pitt is joined behind the scenes by a key crew that includes cinematographer Christian Berger (The White Ribbon), who used his Cine Reflect Lighting System to shoot the film; production designer Jon Hutman (Unbroken); editor Patricia Rommel (The Lives of Others); and costume designer Ellen Mirojnick (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps). Pitt joins her in production duties, while Chris Brigham (Inception), Holly Goline-Sadowski (Unbroken) and Michael Vieira (Unbroken) serve as executive producers.

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