By the Sea, which was written, directed, and produced by Jolie Pitt, will be released by Universal Pictures on November 13.
The film follows the crumbling marriage of two American expats, a writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who move to a beautiful seaside resort in 1970s France.
The couple struggles to come to terms with loss and their evolving relationship, while spending time with their new neighbors: young newlyweds played by Mélanie Laurent and Melvil Poupaud, and locals played by Niels Arestrup and Richard Bohringer. The film’s themes and styling evoke the “European cinema and theater of the 60s and 70s,” according to a press release.
“This is a story about a relationship derailed by loss, the tenacity of love, and the path to recovery and acceptance,” said Jolie Pitt of her first film with her husband since 2005’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith. “It has been a privilege to explore these universal human experiences with such a generous and talented cast and crew.”
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“Angie and Brad have created an intimate gem of a film that will surprise people and delivers an experience they might not expect from them,” said Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures.