2.5

By the Sea

Drama Romance


 

The marriage of a heavy drinking writer and his wife comes under scrutiny when they holiday in a small French seaside village.

The celebrity pull of the lead actors is undeniable, and it even feels a little voyeuristic to be watching this couple as they play out their relationship as another imagined pair. "By the Sea" is intriguing and stylish, but also very long. This lengthy movie is not well served by its languid pace, and at times seems to stretch on interminably. In addition to the star power the stunning seaside setting ensures watchability. That sinking feeling.

Anne Murphy

Wide Release 26th November 2015
Universal Pictures 122 mins