By the Sea


Character: Roland
Release Date: November 05, 2015
Directed By: Angelina Jolie
Written By: Angelina Jolie
Genre: Drama/Romance
Tagline: –
MPAA Rating: Rated R
Produced by: Universal Pictures, Jolie Pas, Pellikola, Plan B Entertainment
Distributed by: Universal Pictures
Budget: $10.000.000 (estimated)
Filming Dates: 8 September 2014 – 15 November 2014

Brad Pitt…Roland
Angelina Jolie…Vanessa (as Angelina Jolie Pitt)
Mélanie Laurent…Lea
Melvil Poupaud…François
Niels Arestrup…Michel
Richard Bohringer…Patrice

Filming Locations:
Mgarr ix-Xini, Gozo, Malta
Gozo Island, Malta
Gharb, Gozo Island, Malta (street scenes)
Ta’ Frenc Restaurant, Gozo, Malta (interiors)
Mgarr, Gozo Island, Malta (exterior scenes)
Mgarr-Ix-Xini Fjord, Gozo Island, Malta (exterior scenes)

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 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.

Trivia & Facts:
Director and writer Angelina Jolie about the period setting: “I chose to set By the Sea (2015) in the 1970s, not only because it is a colorful and alluring era, but because it removes many of the distractions of contemporary life and allows the focus to remain squarely on the emotions that the characters experience in their journey.”
Reportedly, this will be the last feature movie of Angelina Jolie’s acting career.
Cinematographer Christian Berger said he will be employing mostly natural light for By the Sea (2015), using the ‘Cine Reflect Lighting System'(CRLS) he developed together with Christian Bartenbach, an Austrian pioneer and expert on innovative light solutions. The lighting system ‘CRLS’ channels existing light using a series of reflectors that create a more natural lighting and at the same time a less distracting working environment: “It changes the method of working on set for the director and the actors, and in this film enhances the period and atmosphere.” Berger already employed and perfected the ‘CRLS’ in some of his previous work including his Academy Award-nominated cinematography for Michael Haneke’s Das weiße Band – Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte (2009).
This is the first film to credit Angelina Jolie as “Angelina Jolie Pitt”.
This marks the first time that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have appeared together in a feature film in 10 years. They previously starred together as a married couple in the major box office success Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005).
Filming took place during Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s honeymoon.
Angelina Jolie still has over a dozen tattoos all over her body, instead of being hidden by makeup, most have been removed in post production using CGI digital opticals and visual effects.
This is the second joint collaboration between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as a couple. The first one being A Mighty Heart (2007), in which Jolie played the lead and Pitt was the producer.
Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt married on August 23, 2014 in Château Miraval, the couple’s estate in France. By the Sea (2015) marks the first time since the wedding that they appear together in a feature film – ironically again as a married couple in France, mirroring their real life to a certain degree.
Filmed on the island of Gozo, part of the Mediterranean country of Malta.
Angelina Jolie will direct Brad Pitt and Mélanie Laurent who both featured in Inglourious Basterds (2009).
None of the trailers thus far for this feature film contains any of the characters speaking.
This is the third time Brad Pitt has been in a movie where his character demands a family member to attack him – Pitt’s character in The Tree of Life (2011) forces his sons to punch him; and, in Fight Club (1999), he demands Edward Norton’s narrator punch him.
Two male cast members (Brad Pitt & Melvil Poupaud) share the auteur François Roland Truffauts name. With Brad Pitt called Roland and Melvil Poupaud called François.
The couple portrayed by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are Vanessa and Roland Bertrand. Angelina Jolie’s mother was Marcheline Bertrand.

From the gallery

Roland: You resist happiness.
Vanessa: Don’t quote some book and try to analyze my life.
Roland: You don’t resist happiness?
Vanessa: Are you trying to illustrate your point by making me unhappy?

Roland: Honey, why are you doing this? Why are you trying to put that in my head? So you can be the victim? Being the wife of a failed writer is not good enough for pill-popping and self-pity? Now you need a better reason to destroy yourself?

Roland: I just want to get drunk for breakfast.

Roland: Is that what you want? To be unknown by someone?

Roland: I figured out your fisherman. He goes with the tide. You let it pull you out to sea or guide you back in. Sometimes you have to move with it. Sometimes, honey, that’s all we can do.

External Links
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