The film was booed, laughed and mocked at two press showings.
However, Matthew McConaughey was gracious enough and took all the reactions in his stride. He stated that he he happy that he is a part of The Sea Of Trees and is glad that they got the opportunity to introduce their film it to the world at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
He further went on to say that anyone and everyone has the right to either boo or ovate the film. Well, one needs guts to say all this.
The Sea Of Trees is all about scientist, Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey), grieving his dead wife, Joan Brennan (Naomi Watts).
In deep emotional pain, he travels to a beautiful and remote suicide forest in Tokyo where he plans on killing himself. But in the middle of the act, he spots an injured local Takumi Nakamura (Ken Watanabe) staggering through the terrain, searching for a way out.
He instinctively decides to help this stranger and, along the journey, discovers a new will to live.
On that premise alone, the project is worthy. Especially if you have a weakness for redemption stories and lush greenery.The film is directed by Gus Van Sant, whose film Elephant won the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2003.
The Sea Of Trees had it’s public premiere on Saturday evening (May 16, 2015). It is one of the most anticipated films at Cannes.
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions bought the film for U.S. release at the beginning of the festival.
All said and done, it isn’t rare for films to get booed at Cannes. Pulp Fiction, Taxi Driver and Marie Antoinette were all famously met with jeers during their initial screenings at the festival.
In fact, David Lynch’s 1990 film Wild At Heart was booed, only to end up winning the Palme d’Or later on in the festival.
Here’s wishing team The Sea Of Trees all the very best.
The Sea Of Trees that stars Matthew McConaughey was screened at the 68th Cannes Film Festival and it received a shocking reaction. The film was boo...2.0