By the Sea (2015)

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  • IMDb page: By the Sea (2015)
  • Genre: Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 13 November 2015 (USA)
  • Filming Location: Malta
  • Budget: $10,000,000 (estimated)
  • Director: Angelina Jolie
  • Stars: Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Mélanie Laurent | See full cast and crew »
  • Original Music By: Gabriel Yared   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat
  • Plot Keyword: Hotel | France | Seventies | Couple | Human Relations

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Angelina Jolie  written by

Known Trivia

  • 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.” 72 of 72 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • 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 The White Ribbon (2009). 40 of 40 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Supposedly this will be one of the last feature movie in which we can see Angelina Jolie acting. 108 of 113 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • First film to credit Angelina Jolie as “Angelina Jolie Pitt”. 50 of 52 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • 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). 54 of 57 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt married on Aug. 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. 42 of 47 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Second joint collaboration between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as a couple. Being the first one A Mighty Heart (2007), in which Jolie played the lead and Pitt was the producer. 8 of 8 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • Angelina Jolie will direct Brad Pitt and Melanie Laurent who both featured in Inglourious Basterds. 24 of 30 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |
  • 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. 9 of 10 found this interesting Interesting? Yes No |

Plot: Set in France during the mid-1970s, Vanessa, a former dancer, and her husband Roland, an American writer… See more » |  »

Story: 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. Written byProduction

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Produced By:

  • Chris Brigham known as executive producer
  • Holly Goline known as executive producer
  • Angelina Jolie known as producer
  • Oliver Mallia known as line producer
  • Brad Pitt known as producer
  • Michael Vieira known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Brad Pitt known as Roland
  • Angelina Jolie known as Vanessa
  • Mélanie Laurent known as Lea
  • Melvil Poupaud known as François
  • Niels Arestrup known as Bar Keeper
  • Sarah Naudi known as Clarisse
  • Richard Bohringer known as Hotel Owner
  • George Camilleri known as Georges the Waiter
  • Frédéric Dessains known as Pascal
  • Anna Cachia known as Dancer

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Emma Beard known as assistant hair stylist
  • Chantal Busuttil known as makeup artist
  • Marcelle Genovese known as key hair stylist
  • Karen Schembri Grima known as crowd supervisor
  • Adruitha Lee known as department head hair stylist
  • Denise Paulson known as makeup artist
  • Matteo Silvi known as key makeup artist
  • Cardona Tanya known as hair stylist

Art Department:

  • Jeremy Agius known as painter
  • Sandra Banthorpe known as set dresser
  • Bernard Chedin known as production buyer
  • Lino Chetcuti known as scenic artist/hod painter
  • Xuria Cristobal known as design assistant
  • Chris Cull known as property master
  • Giancarlo Di Fusco known as painter
  • Caroline Doney known as painting supervisor (as Caroline Fearon)
  • Judy Ducker known as production buyer
  • Mark Anthony Ellul known as Construction Buyer
  • Raymond Ellul known as Construction Manager Malta
  • Andrea Gauci known as Art department coordinator
  • Mark Geeson known as chargehand dressing props
  • Jannick Guillou known as graphic designer
  • Thomas Lemierre known as prop master: day player
  • Tamara Marini known as assistant art director
  • Dean Marsh known as chargehand dressing props
  • Colin Mutch known as Charge hand standby prop
  • Matthew Pace known as Property master: malta
  • Domenico Reordino known as head painter
  • Julie Ridremont known as painter
  • Ivan Rizzo known as painter
  • Alessandro Troso known as set designer
  • Leonard Underwood known as painter


Production Companies:

  • Jolie Pas
  • Pellikola
  • Plan B Entertainment
  • Universal Pictures

Other Companies:

  • Audiolink Radio Communications  walkie talkies
  • Codex Digital  digital recording equipment
  • EFilm  digital intermediate
  • Plucky  Main Title Sequence & VFX
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles by

Additional Details


  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2015) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures (2015) (USA) (theatrical)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Patrick Clancey known as digital opticals
  • Gus Duron known as digital opticals editor
  • James Fouche known as visual effects coordinator
  • Daniel Moody known as visual effects data wrangler

MPAA: Rated R for strong sexuality, nudity, and language


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