By the Sea

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Angelina Jolie
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 win & 2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
5.3
Metacritic:
44
Rotten Tomatoes:
34%
R
Year:
2015
122 min
$319,968
Website
46 Views

(FRENCH SONG PLAYING)

- (SONG ENDS)

- (DOG BARKING)

(CAR DOOR OPENS)

I smell fish.

You might wanna take

your heels off, my darling.

- Bonjour.

- MAN:
Bonjour.

(BOTH SPEAKING FRENCH)

Bonjour.

(CHUCKLES)

- Merci.

- Merci.

What's that sound?

That's the sea.

ROLAND:
I don't see a radio.

I'll try to pick one up tomorrow.

VANESSA:
Morning.

I was trying not to wake you.

You were sleeping peacefully.

I don't sleep peacefully.

You know that.

- Are you off to find inspiration?

- I have my inspiration.

- Then why are we here?

- Don't be nasty, darling.

If you want,

I can be back early for dinner.

I need more time.

You go write, I'll be fine.

All right.

- Have a nice day.

- VANESSA:
I won't.

I know. Love you.

(DOOR CLOSES)

(SOFTLY) I know.

(SIGHS)

(SIGHS)

(LINE RINGING)

(SIGHS)

F*ck.

(BOTH SPEAKING FRENCH)

(FRENCH MUSIC PLAYING)

(SPEAKING FRENCH)

(CONVERSING IN FRENCH)

(LAUGHS)

(CHUCKLES)

Ah.

(FRENCH MUSIC PLAYING)

Hey.

- Good day?

- ROLAND:
Nope.

Well... I don't know.

I don't know.

Michel's a sweet man.

He's sweet.

Do we have food?

VANESSA:
I walked down a ridiculous hill

and went grocery shopping.

Then I read a book. It was terrible.

I don't know why you worry so much.

People publish pure garbage all the time,

and nobody seems to mind.

ROLAND:
I can write.

I'm a good writer, remember?

You are.

I love your words, you know that.

(MAN SPEAKING FRENCH ON RADIO)

(FRENCH MUSIC PLAYING)

(SEAGULLS CAWING)

(SOBS)

(EXHALES DEEPLY)

ROLAND:
You should go for a walk

or something today. Might be good for you.

Don't have a drink today.

Might be good for you.

We could be happy, you know.

You resist happiness.

- Don't quote some book and try to analyze...

- You don't resist happiness?

Are you trying to illustrate your point

by making me unhappy?

You're a good woman.

Jesus. Have I become that dull?

(SIGHS)

Try and write something today.

Good plan, Batman.

(SIGHS)

(INDISTINCT CONVERSATIONS)

(MAN SPEAKING FRENCH ON RADIO)

(BOTH WHISPERING IN FRENCH)

(FRENCH MUSIC PLAYING)

(WOMAN MOANING)

(MOANING INTENSIFIES)

(EXHALES)

(WATER RUNNING)

- (SPITS)

- (TURNS WATER OFF)

ROLAND:
You had a tough night?

- I don't know.

- Ness?

Right.

Are we ever gonna talk about it?

I suppose it's best we don't say a word.

(FRENCH MUSIC PLAYING)

(GLASS CLATTERS)

Shit.

Uh... sorry.

I got it. I got it. It's okay.

(CONVERSING IN FRENCH)

What the f*ck?

(SCOFFS)

(CONVERSING IN FRENCH)

Come on. Come on.

(BOTH CONTINUE IN FRENCH)

ROLAND:
Fucking shit.

- Hey, I'm going. I'm going.

- (SPEAKING FRENCH)

All right? This place is shit anyways.

- (DOOR OPENS)

- (BELL JINGLES)

(ROLAND SPEAKING FRENCH)

(SLAMS DOOR)

(SIGHS)

(MAN SPEAKING FRENCH)

Vanessa.

Hmm.

- New York.

- American?

Hmm.

We talked about having

our honeymoon in New York.

Yeah, my wife and I, we...

We just got married.

That's nice. Hmm.

Well, have a nice day.

And you.

- (WOMAN LAUGHING)

- (INDISTINCT CONVERSATION)

(CONTINUES LAUGHING)

(CONVERSING IN FRENCH)

(CHUCKLES)

(SCOFFS DISMISSIVELY)

Toast of New York.

(BOTH CONTINUE IN FRENCH)

Hmm.

Ooh-la-la.

(SIGHS DEEPLY)

(SCOFFS)

(CHUCKLES)

(INAUDIBLE)

(DOOR CLOSES)

You're back early.

I missed you.

Don't be silly.

Drink?

Sure.

Have you seen her?

- Who?

- The neighbor.

- The couple?

- Hmm.

Yeah.

What?

Nothing.

Anyway, I was getting bored.

It's not the place.

The place hasn't let me down.

It's moi.

Michel is such an interesting guy. He's...

He's too kind.

But he's heavy.

Any writer worth his salt

could get a story here.

It's just me.

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Angelina Jolie is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as Hollywood's highest-paid actress. more…

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