Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for the upcoming drama By the Sea, written and directed by Angelina Jolie Pitt. The film is Jolie’s take on a 70s adult drama and is miles different from her previous directorial efforts, In the Land of Blood and Honey and Unbroken. She stars alongside real-life husband Brad Pitt as a couple who arrive in a picturesque resort in 1970s France with their marriage in crisis. They subsequently spend time with fellow travelers and come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.
While the previous trailer certainly showcased the intense emotions on display in this character piece, this new trailer turns the level up to 11. It’s actually a pretty fascinatingly cut piece of marketing that tantalizes rather than reveals in a way that stands out from how most trailers are unveiled to audiences nowadays. In addition to delving into the marriage of Pitt and Jolie’s characters, there appears to be a voyeurism aspect to the film as well.
I’m sure the main point of curiosity with this movie for some people will be simply seeing Jolie and Pitt potentially work out some personal issues onscreen, but I admire Jolie’s ambition and willingness to put herself out there in a film like this. Moreover, the prospect of seeing these two highly talented performers topline a very adult drama is mighty enticing.
Check out the new trailer below, via Universal. The film also stars Mélanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud, and Richard Bohringer. By the Seaopens in theaters on November 13th.
Here’s the official synopsis for By the Sea:
By the Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife, Vanessa (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970s France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds Lea (Laurent) and François (Poupaud), and village locals Michel (Arestrup) and Patrice (Bohringer), the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives.