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.
The first trailer for By the Sea showcased Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt as lovers by the sea in Malta in the midst of a crisis.
They were saying horrible things to one another and their turmoil was evident by way of dialog.
This second trailer is just as dramatic, but in a completely different way. Without a single word, merely one pitiful sob uttered by Jolie, the director allows the acting and the music to portray the setting.
As this is a period piece, set in a foreign land, utilizing the trailer in this manner really evokes the nature of an exotic European film from that particular era, almost a bit on the cheesy side, and indeed, it was inspired by those cinematic classics.
That's perfectly OK, as the 70s weren't known for holding back on the dramatic effects. Why not take full advantage of the period in which you're setting the film?
This one is directed by Angelina Jolie, as well, so it should be interesting to see what she and her husband deliver by way of a faltering relationship at her direction.
The remaider of the cast includes Mélanie Laurent, Melvil Poupaud, Niels Arestrup and Sarah Naudi.