In addition to starring in the romance drama, Jolie
is also directing the film, which co-stars her new husband
Brad Pitt. By the Sea
takes place in France (and was filmed in Malta) during the mid-1970s, and follows Vanessa (Jolie), a former dancer, and her husband Roland (Pitt), an American writer, as they travel the country together. The couple seems to be growing apart, but when they linger in a quiet seaside town, they begin to draw close to some of its more vibrant inhabitants, such as a local bar/cafe-keeper and a hotel owner.