The last time Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt sparred on screen, it was as married assassins in Mr. And Mrs. Smith (2005). Don't expect many explosions in their latest joint venture, unless you mean of the emotional kind.
Written and directed by Jolie, this is much more of an intimate drama, a throwback to 1970s films set in the era itself, and finds Vanessa (Joile), a former dancer, and her husband Roland (Pitt), 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.
The tone is clear in this one, using music in place of dialogue and spotlighting the couple's interaction rather than the supporting characters played by Mélanie Laurent (Inglourious Basterds), Melvil Poupaud (Laurence Anyways), Niels Arestrup (War Horse) and Richard Bohringer (The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover).
By The Sea is out in the US now and is set to arrive on UK shores 11 December.