By The Sea Review

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France, 1970s. A world-weary former dancer (Jolie-Pitt) and her novelist husband (Pitt), concious of the growing distance between them, head to the coast in an attempt to patch things up.


Angelina Jolie-Pitt's third directorial outing reunites her with husband Pitt for the first time since they starred together in Mr. And Mrs. Smith, though those expecting explosive action – or, well, any action at all – should look away now. They are drunk writer Roland and ex-dancer-now-pill-popper Vanessa, a couple whose relationship teeters on the brink of breakdown.

They seek distraction (and possible reconciliation) by spying on their honeymooning neighbours in a small French coastal town. The cause of the marital discord is withheld until the very last act, which means we're treated to two hours of almost nothing save some laboured lying around from Jolie. Yes, it's pretty but it's also pretty vacant.

A Sheltering Sky-lite romantic travelogue that, despite its two leads, lacks any real spark.