Universal released the first trailer for Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s “By the Sea” on Thursday, and it’s a solid minute of pure melancholy.
Written and directed by Jolie, “By the Sea” follows an estranged couple visiting France in the 1970s. The trailer is short, but makes it clear that Jolie’s Vanessa and Pitt’s Roland are sorting through some severe grief. “Are we ever going to talk about it,” Roland asks in a voiceover, alluding to an unknown incident that’s seemingly the cause for the couple’s sorrow. If you’re looking for something cheerful, go rewatch “Mr. and Mrs. Smith ” instead.
“By the Sea” was shot in Malta during Jolie and Pitt’s real-life honeymoon — let’s hope it wasn’t nearly as dreadful. The film also stars Mélanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup, Melvil Poupaud and Richard Bohringer.
“By the Sea” opens Nov. 13.
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