By the Sea is a 2015 American romantic drama film written and directed by Angelina Jolie, and produced by and starring Jolie Pitt and her then-husband Brad Pitt. The film was released on November 13, 2015, by Universal Pictures.
In the 1970s, in France, an American couple, former dancer Vanessa and her husband Roland, a successful writer, have been married 14 years. They drive to a coastal hotel. Roland wants to write a story while staying there. The two are barely on speaking terms; Vanessa is withdrawn and grieving for an unknown reason. Roland appears to drink too much and seems unhappy that Vanessa is no longer interested in him sexually.
Roland becomes friendly with the local cafe owner, an older man still grieving his much-loved late wife, but who carries on, cheerfully accepting what life has given him. Vanessa watches a local fisherman who goes out every day on the outgoing tide and returns on the incoming one, catching few fish, but contented.
Vanessa and Roland strike up a friendship with an attractive young couple staying in the room next to them. Soon after, they discover that the wall between their two rooms has a disused radiator pipe hole, enabling them to watch the couple in their bedroom talking and having sex.
Gradually their experiences at the hotel enable Vanessa and Roland to start patching up their relationship. However, Vanessa has a liaison with the young husband in the next room, seriously damaging the relationship between the young couple, and triggering a confrontation with Roland, during which he tells her that if she wishes to hurt him, she should just go ahead and hurt him physically. Roland asserts that her seduction of the husband was motivated by his wife’s envy of the young couple – particularly of their ability to bear children. Roland physically restrains Vanessa against a wall and makes her speak of herself being barren which they haven’t been able to talk about. After a short struggle, Vanessa breaks down and weeps for her loss.
Roland is able to finish writing a new book. It seems that the young couple may be able to work their way through the episode of cheating, and come out stronger on the other side. As Vanessa and Roland leave the hotel and drive away, it is learned that two miscarriages caused Vanessa’s lasting grief and withdrawal. However, she and Roland appear to be more reconciled.
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