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Plot: Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer, travel the country together. They seem to be growing apart, but when they linger in... Runtime: 122 mins Release Date: 13 Nov 2015
Jolie Pitt's stunning existential erotic drama (by thewildensemble)
Every year I see any number of truly great films but there is usually one that hits me on different level to other great films altogether,a deeper level.In 2013 it was Ridley Scott's "The Counsellor",last year it was Jonathan Glazer's "Under The Skin".This year it is Angelina Jolie Pitt's deeply unusual,highly erotic and incredibly well realised "By The Sea".First things first,the talk of it being a flop.It was never going to be a hit,never.It is strange,unconventional,very dark and slowly paced.It makes no concession to the filmmaking trends of <more>
today.Second thing,the accusations of it being a vanity project.Jolie's own character is very dislikable and says and does some horrible things in the film.Also,her age and her aging beauty as in she lets the camera show the age in her face here play a role in the film and Jolie isn't afraid to show that whereas Melanie Laurent's character is younger,more vivacious and more innocent.It absolutely is not a vanity project.What the film is is a work of art and a work of true directorial vision.It is a fascinating exploration of relationships,grief,voyeurism and sexual mores.It goes places you don't expect it to go to.It is both incredibly dark though hopeful and incredibly provocative.In terms of the erotic aspect of the story,the way Jolie handles it is astounding.The voyeurism scenes are just stunningly shot and realised and the bathtub scene is one of the most powerful scenes I have seen in a film this year.Jolie could if she chose to pursue this subject matter in the future with her directorial work be an heiress to the great provocateurs like Lynch,Kubrick,Cronenberg and Adrian Lyne.Her command of mood and tone the film is basically a tone poem is superb.It is at different times reminiscent of Bertolucci,Kubrick and Pinter yet is still its own hypnotic,fiercely original thing.It also has a wonderful vein of dark humour.As for the performances,Pitt is outstanding in a tricky role and gives one of the best performances of his career.That chemistry between him and Jolie is still there as well,though used somewhat differently this time.Melanie Laurent,Mevil Poupaud and Niels Arestrup are superb in their great supporting roles.Jolie gives the best performance though.As an actress she tends to be at her best when she underplays.Her work here is incredibly subtle.It starts off as a very stylised performance with her very slow line delivery due to the narcoticized state her character spends a lot of the time in.She communicates so much by doing so little.You cannot take your eyes off her.It is also a very brave performance as her character is dislikeable and does some awful things in the film.She looks astounding in the film as well.The way Christian Berger whose cinematography is the best I have seen in a film this year captures her face is fascinating.It is the first time I have realised how strange which I mean in a good way and just how unique Jolie's beauty is and the way he captures the age on her face is just wonderful.People may dismiss this review because of my respect for Jolie but I call a spade a spade and if the film was dreck I would say so.But it is not.It is stunning.The best film I have seen this year,it is exactly the type of unique,provocative,strange,uncompromising cinema that I love. 10/10
Simply beautiful and captivating, further proof that this is the most powerful couple in the world! Angelina in his best role ever!The film goes on a tremendous message, which I will not give any spoiler about it, but I have to say, the movie is really magnificent in single every way, every single aspect.Jolie when directed this film, she knew every detail and every angle, she also knew about her difficulties of making nude scenes and directing her husband, but maybe all these difficulties helped her make this beautiful drama worthy of an Oscar.Watch if you like a nice drama and watch if you <more>
Perfect timing to understand the characters without being told what to think (by paulalustemberg)
Petrified senses and how to feel alive. This is the point of the movie and it is pictured very well. Sometimes get too deep and uncomfortable. And that's good. Emptiness feels ugly but the movie dives in it and finds the way out in a humane way. Even the critics talks about the slowness of this movie, slowness is the point of the story. She needs time, he gives it to her, and those kinds of emotions cannot be rushed. I found this movie timing perfect. It gave me time to understand the characters without being told what to think. Beautiful movie.
Great movie. Perfect pace for the subject matter. And great, natural acting. (by tarekderbas-603-133650)
I have actually studied movie direction during my college years. Kindly clear your mind before reading this review and do not buy a single word of those wannabe critics trashing the film for random reasons they'd pulled out of you-know-where. The film has a great, beautifully evolving story. It handles its own subject matter beautifully and in a relevant way. Angelina and Brad act exactly as if it were happening in real life. Scenery is beautiful. Melanie Laurent does great. But most of all, I'd like to praise Angelina for picking such simple but great camera angles and not trying to <more>
overdo it, or over-elaborate the direction. The bartender/owner in the movie also did a great job. Afterall, smarta**es will always say it had been done before unless it's a superhero movie based on their favorite comic books. Life has been done before, idiots. Movies about reality and subject matter like this should be judged on the accuracy and beauty of their portrayal of it, not on whether they break some new grounds by discovering a magical new aspect of reality. Great movie. Watch alone or with your loved ones. Pick a calm and cool type of night. Acting: 10/10 for realism , Direction 9/10, Scenery 10/10, Casting 9/10 and Editing 8/10. A 9/10 movie for supreme realism.
By the Sea is a voyeuristic portrait of a couple fighting for meaning, sanity, connection after something traumatic happened and took away the flow and the beauty they once had. They are trying to deal with the situation the best way they can, yet keep failing over and over again. Can the beauty be rescued, can they again find the trust they once had, underneath all the pain and disappointment?It takes some time to sink into the rhythm of this movie, since it follows the pace of a real human life, rather than a pace of a popcorn flick. And I applaud Angelina for her courage to stick with this <more>
rhythm and create an experience of melancholy and expression that has become quite rare nowadays, and quickly discouraged by the prevailing hunger for fast-paced download of entertaining stimuli.The photography is beautiful, both Brad and Angelina superb in their roles, and I really liked the montage that is respecting the viewers and letting them put the pieces together. I am sad to see the average user rating here, guessing the ratings would have been way higher had the raters not known who the director was.One day after watching it I still feel mesmerized by the atmosphere of the movie.
I'm a fan subtly, especially in film. When the nuances of character interaction and setting can carry you, then you can leave out the CGI and focus on the story. "By The Sea" had a little of Fitzgerald's "Tender is the Night," some of the scenes and feel of Hemingway while retaining a distinct pull toward a modern, European paced love story. I bet Woody Allen gives this film high marks, it's easy to see his influence as well as several European directors.There is a lot in this film. Each frame of the film and every word of dialogue tightly tie together the <more>
suffering of one couple while looking into the jubilantly happy world of a newlywed couple next door. I don't see Jolie taking the easy way through with cliché and formula, instead she brings us along into a wounded couples journey with insights into the human condition that we can take home. This film feels like well made classic literature. Entertaining to watch, and something that will stay with you.
Jolie Pitt makes a statement on marriage in a way only few were destined to appreciate (by StevePulaski)
Brooding, aimlessly wandering through city streets, laying in bed, smoking, and sulking would be much more enjoyable activities if we could all look as beautiful as Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt do some variation of the five for nearly two hours in their latest film By the Sea. Upon initially seeing the trailer, which featured little else other than the beautiful location of Mġarr ix-Xini, a bay on the island of Gozo, serving as the backdrop for Brad and Angelina as they slum around a beautiful place looking like they just came out of a makeup chair, I was about as skeptical as could be <more>
about the level of sustenance in this film. Because of this, it's surprising to note that this is a film that, in spite of itself, does a nice job at posing a commentary on relationships and marriage despite not using a great deal of dialog or events.Set in 1970's France, the minimalist story revolves around Roland and Vanessa Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt , a married couple of fourteen years who are experiencing a rough patch in their relationship. One can immediately tell the rough patch stems from their inability to talk about anything, with his vice being the local tavern where he'll go to write, but instead, drink the day away, and her lethargy and unwillingness to get out of bed every day being her way of coping. The two make a cozy hotel their home, as Roland writes and gets to know the bartender Michel Niels Arestrup , who has just lost his wife, while Vanessa enjoys peering into the hotelroom adjacent to theirs via a small hole in their wall, closed off by a wad of paper. Vanessa spends her days sipping wine, squirming on her balcony, or watching the young couple of Léa and François Mélanie Laurent and Melvil Poupaud have sex through the hall.Roland and Vanessa have a relationship predicated upon arguing, ignoring, and moderate amounts of spousal abuse before Roland discovers the hole in the wall and his wife's hobby. When he does, the two use the time to drink, eat, and enjoy the view of their young neighbors together. Their attraction to Léa and François isn't something that's too out of the blue; the young couple are in their late twenties, which many consider to be the best years of a person's life because they can inconsequentially try new things and embark on new experiences without having to make a variety of exceptions. With that, Léa and François also still appear to be in love, willing to talk and do pretty much anything together, be it spontaneously go out to dinner or have sex without any kind of reservation. This leads to the subtle assertion on Roland and Vanessa's behalf that perhaps they have overcomplicated their own marriage, or they even have fallen out of love with one another.Through the pervasive bouts of staring, drinking, smoking, and wandering in By the Sea are some seriously tender moments of realizations, and this comes in Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt's ability to convey emotion through their facial expressions and mannerisms instead of Jolie Pitt replicating such emotions in a way that would embellish their significance. Whether we see Roland act like a hopeless drunk and make a complete buffoon out of himself in front of Michel, his new friend, or we watch Vanessa fight and throw a tantrum when her husband innocently visits her in the shower, we get bold representations of mood through these scenes thanks to the understated power of the real-life couple's acting abilities.The fundamental flaw with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt acting in a film together, let alone the two producing it and Jolie Pitt writing and directing it, is that the film will be examined in two ways: a testament to the couple's real life relationship, which ultimately gives it the impression of a vanity project, or it will be seen as two high-profile tabloid figures that audiences have a hard time convincing themselves their characters on screen aren't the same ones who still, to this day, glitz tabloid covers in grocery stores. The hard part is By the Sea is so minimalist in its style, so slight in its narrative and character development, that those who aren't known to appreciate aesthetic and craft in a film, especially in the way the film adheres to the visual conventions not so much technical or aesthetic of French New Wave, aren't likely to tolerate this film's two hour runtime and liberal narrative. This is a film that boasts a reward that comes with contemplation hours after you've seen it.By the Sea, though it hinges ever-so delicately on the realm of self-parody thanks to its excessive brooding, mopey character behavior, and the characters constantly looking attractive despite operating in a disheveled state of defeat, is also a sad film that mixes ideas of marital disconnect, kinkiness, voyeurism, and marital stability in long-term relationships in a fascinating way. Its examination of relationships - by juxtaposing a young, idealistic couple with an aging and distant one - paints a striking portrait of an ugly marriage against a backdrop of beauty, adding layers to a film that would look wonderful on a post-card. To conclude on a bizarre comparison, Jolie Pitt's intention of how to paint marriage reminds me of how director and photographer Larry Clark chose to paint the suburbs of America in the 1950's - as beautiful, precise landscapes that housed dysfunction. The same can be said for Jolie Pitt's examination of marriage.Starring: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, and Niels Arestrup. Directed by: Angelina Jolie Pitt.
I won't say what everyone else has said about this film. What I will say is that it was a beautiful portrayal of some of the darker emotions in life. Maybe others hate to see their own loneliness on screen, by two actors they've deemed unworthy before they've even watched it, or they have never experienced themselves the emotions portrayed in this film. Melancholia is the last film I can remember portraying depression accurately. This film is the same, though it's not as simple as, she has depression or she is lonely. Her character was real to me and Angelina portrayed her <more>
well. If you've ever met someone and loved them more than they love themselves and despite their own thoughts of themselves then maybe you will feel something when you watch this. If not, there are plenty more films out there for you that require a lot less emotional range.
Good film, cool location, but not perfect. (by Matt-Canalcon)
The rating on IMDb is 5.2/10 right now, I thought I would give it a watch because I was kind of looking forward to see this film.The movie is set in the 1970s, and I really liked the intro from the moment they showed the vintage 'Universal' theme, followed by Brad Pitt and Angelina driving on the coast of France in their Citroen 1967. It sets the vibe for the whole film. I don't really understand the hate, but I admit the film was a bit flawed. On the positive, I really liked the use of the location and the cinematography. I read that Christian Berger used natural lights during <more>
filming and you can see the difference, especially with the scenes at night. Beautifully filmed.However, I think the movie is definitely slow. It's the kind of movie where not much is happening but the art speaks for itself. Don't get me wrong, 'By The Sea' includes alcohol, voyeurism, nudity yes from Angelina too , old cars, great cast... But the pacing is not always well executed.I think it would've been better if we had more background on Angelina Jolie's character and why she's so depressed. We are giving clues here and there, but nothing more than that. The lack of likable characters is probably affecting the movie's performance with audience and critics too.You can see that 'By The Sea' was very personal for Brad and Angelina, and I think it will probably gain more appreciation over the years. If you like a film that is character driven and very well filmed, you might want to give it a shot. Maybe not the kind of movie to watch with grandma, but a nice little gem of a film by Angelina Jolie.7.5/10