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283 Ratings

By the Sea

Directed by Angelina Jolie
France, 2015


France, the 1970s: an estranged American couple wander the country, but one quiet, seaside town and its maritime dwellers draws them in toward spiritual rejuvenation.

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By the Sea Directed by Angelina Jolie
In By the Sea, the problem is Ms. Jolie herself, or more accurately her dual role as star and writer-director. The film is a tribute to the strangeness and mystery of Angelina Jolie – which might be fascinating, if it were made by someone else. Since it was made by Angelina Jolie, however, it can’t help but seem narcissistic.
December 22, 2015
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With By the Sea, Jolie-Pitt achieves something far greater and more courageous than formal refinement or routine dramatic consistency: she admits to us that she’s extremely sad, and does so in a way which makes us believe her.
December 12, 2015
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At the very least, let’s praise how sharp and spiky the very end of the movie is. It’s a seemingly improvised explosive device. If you aren’t thinking ‘what the fuck just happened’ as you leave the theatre, check your pulse. You’re resting much too much. Underestimate this filmmaker at your own risk.
December 01, 2015
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