In this image released by Universal Pictures, director Angelina Jolie appears on the set of "Unbroken."
David James—AP
December 21, 2014 9:59 PM EST

Angelina Jolie has said that filming her new movie By the Sea with husband Brad Pitt has done wonders for their marriage.

The 39-year-old told the New York Daily News in an interview that the film “brought us closer.”

“Sharing something in a deep artistic way, it’s something I think is necessary for artistic couples,” said Jolie, who is also producing the movie alongside Pitt. “I hadn’t realized how good it would be for us.”

Slated for release in 2015, By the Sea is about a marriage in crisis and is the couple’s first collaboration since Mr. and Mrs. Smith.

Jolie’s current film, World War II survival drama Unbroken, will be released on Christmas Day.

Read more at the New York Daily News.

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