'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 1970's 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.
I've heard nothing good about this film, but I actually really enjoyed it. I suspect many of the people criticising it were expecting the usual formulaic Hollywood fare that both actors do so well, but it aims much more at the French arthouse genre. It doesn't succeed, but is still a good film. Some lovely cinematography and a plot that draws you in. Surprisingly well worth watching