By the SeaIf you take Mr. and Mrs. Smith, make them super depressed, and whisk them off to a gorgeous vacation in the south of France, you've got "By the Sea."

The movie marks the first on-screen collaboration for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt since "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" 10 years ago. Since then, of course, they had a bunch of kids and got married and basically became the most famous celebrity couple in the world. They've acted in many movies, separately, and Jolie has directed a couple (including last year's "Unbroken"). Now, finally, they reunite for "By the Sea," which Jolie also helmed.

The first trailer is a mood-setting, meditative bit — there are tears from Jolie, anger from Pitt, some face-slapping, and walks along stunning shorelines.
Watch the trailer.

It does not explain the characters or why they are so melancholy. Here is what we know: Jolie and Pitt play Vanessa and Roland, whose marriage is falling apart. She's a former dancer, he's a writer.

"It focuses on three couples, all at different stages in their lives," Jolie told People. "And at its center are the questions of what happened to Roland and Vanessa and why they are in the place they are now."

Directing her husband in such a tense romantic drama — on their honeymoon, no less — wasn't a piece of cake. "I'd be directing myself and him in a scene where we're having a fight, and I'd be pulling out the parts [of him] that have an aggression toward me or when you're frustrated with each other," she told the Directors Guild of America. "It was very heavy."

"By the Sea" opens November 13.

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By the Sea
R2015
Based on 35 critics

A troubled American couple befriend newlyweds and villagers while staying at French seaside resort. Read More