Thursday, August 6, 2015

In the new Angelina Jolie Pitt film, there seems to be a lot less combat, but still plenty of suffering. After directing two tense movies set in wartime, Ms. Pitt has now written and directed the drama “By the Sea,” for which the teaser trailer was released today. She stars in it with her husband, Brad Pitt — their first on-screen pairing since “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” in 2007.

From the teaser, set to the Harry Nilsson song “Perfect Day,” the film has the lush look of a Bernardo Bertolucci picture, while its couple-in-crisis plot may make some viewers think of the tough path taken by Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman in Stanley Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut.”
The film’s Nov. 13 release date is during awards season. But will the Academy be kinder to this film than it was to Ms. Pitt’s previous directorial project, “Unbroken,” which got overlooked for a best picture nod? Time (and reviews) will tell.

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We’ve been waiting 10 years for Angelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt to re-team on screen, but judging by this first trailer for By the Sea — which Jolie Pitt also wrote and directed — there are going to be a lot more tears (and great hats!) than in Mr. & Mrs. Smith.
The real-life couple (who shot this film last year while on their honeymoon) portray Vanessa and Roland, an estranged husband and wife traveling through France in the 1970s. Production took place on the island of Gozo off of Malta, and Jolie Pitt tells EW that if you are thinking such a dreamy-looking hotel and bar exists, you can forget it. “It’s this lovely and quiet island and we built the hotel and bar. Everyone who has seen the movie wants to go to that exact place — but it’s just the magic of film.” (Drat.)
We don’t yet know what the central cause of the grief that’s tearing this pair apart, but it’s enough to inspire a lot of seriously rough-looking kicks and slaps and a crumpled Jolie Pitt on the floor. Harry Nilsson’s “Perfect Day” plays over this trailer, but we’re guessing not-so-much.

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