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By the Sea

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Interesting but flawed film about marriage is very mature.

Movie R 2015 132 minutes
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Languorous, flawed, and moody, BY THE SEA is beautiful to watch and well-acted, with Pitt and Jolie turning in performances that push against their usual types. The ideas the film submits about marriage -- that sometimes you have to endure it to its breaking point so it can metamorphose into something stronger and possibly better -- are interesting and complex, but it's somewhat hobbled by dialogue (from a script written by Jolie) that's stiff and constrained and doesn't allow the film to breathe.

It's also much too long -- editor, where were you? -- with at least one too many scenes of Jolie staring into nothingness and, to a lesser extent, Pitt doing the same. Nonetheless, it's a fine attempt at a circa-1970s aesthetic, one filled with both ennui and anguish.

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