Written and directed by Jolie Pitt, this eschews the action of previous collaboration Mr. & Mrs. Smith for an intimate exploration of a relationship. A throwback to 1970s films set in the era itself,By The Sea finds Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travelling the French countryside together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in one quiet, seaside town they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/café-keeper and a hotel owner. Obviously there are issues to be worked out here, and from the looks of this, there will be tears, if not blood.
Perhaps the best bit of this little promo is Jolie-Pitt explaining how you can love someone and hate them at the same time, which sends Brad off into nervous guffawing… The film, which also features Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud and Niels Arestrup, will be out here on December 11.