A mar­riage on the rocks in Jolie Pitt’s ‘By the Sea’

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Movies - Jake Coyle

HOW do we pic­ture the pri­vate lives of An­gelina Jolie Pitt and Brad Pitt? If they were to, say, wind along the Mediter­ranean coast in a top-down con­vert­ible with Serge Gains­bourg lilt­ing on the ra­dio, would that do the trick?

In the open­ing of “By the Sea,” writ­ten and di­rected by Jolie Pitt, they are the pic­ture of glamor we would ex­pect from the stars, play­ing a mar­ried couple who breeze into a re­mote sea­side cove in the South of France. The spell, how­ever, is bro­ken when they reach the wa­ter.

“I smell fish,” says Jolie Pitt’s Vanessa, step­ping out of the car.

The 1970s sea­side set­ting could hardly be more en­chant­ing, but some­thing is rot­ten on the French Rivera. Mar­ried 14 years and child­less, Vanessa, a for­mer dancer, and Roland, a strug­gling writer, ar­rive — not with the jaunty light­ness of the open­ing — but as if seek­ing a shore on which to hurl their on-the­rocks mar­riage.

Af­ter check­ing into their ho­tel suite, they im­me­di­ately, word­lessly be­gin re­ar­rang­ing the fur­ni­ture and plac­ing the desk by the win­dow. They’re like ac­tors

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