The By the Sea trailer, released on Thursday, shows the power couple acting side by side for the first time in 10 years. They last shared the screen in 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
In the highly anticipated teaser for their new film, which Jolie Pitt also wrote and directed, the husband and wife team set a much more dramatic tone than in their first endeavor as costars.
Set in 1970s France, By the Sea tells the story of a struggling marriage between Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), a former dancer, and her writer husband, Roland (Pitt). “It focuses on three couples, all at different stages in their lives,” the 40-year-old mom of six tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue. “And at its center are the questions of what happened to Roland [Pitt] and Vanessa [Jolie Pitt] and why they are in the place they are now.”
While the details of the plot are unknown, the trailer depicts scenes of marital strife, including physical altercations. Jolie Pitt revealed, “It was hardest [when] I was directing our fight scenes.” The intensity of the trailer is juxtaposed with Harry Nilsson’s haunting track “Perfect Day.”
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The couple shot the film during what the director describes as an “unconventional” honeymoon. As they approach their one-year wedding anniversary, the couple, along with their six children, flew to the island of Gozo off Malta to begin shooting the period piece.
After directing her husband, 51, for the first time, Jolie Pitt says, “I understand and appreciate his creative process and his work ethic even more than before.”
By the Sea hits theaters Nov. 13.
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