At the Cannes Film Festival, Some Gems Midway Through

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After a Cannes drubbing, Van Sant reflects on ‘Sea of Trees’.

The 45-years-old American actor, Matthew McConaughey’s new film, “The Sea of Trees” has received heavy negative criticism by the audience after the screening of the film at Cannes Film Festival.The Sea of Trees, directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Matthew McConaughey, received an overwhelmingly negative reaction at Cannes, with Variety critic Scott Foundas stating that the film was, “one for nobody.” While unpopular with the debut audience, the reaction may not be an accurate measurement of the movie’s prospects. Van Sant won the Best Director Academy award for his films “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and “Milk” (2008); however, critics are not so keen with his recent film. “From the cloying, ever-present score to the complete lack of narrative momentum, it all adds up to a film that’s easily Van Sant’s worst, and is a sad black mark on McConaughey’s mostly excellent run”, wrote movie critic Oliver Lyttelton on his column, The Playlist. “Anyone has as much right to boo as they do to ovate,” reacted McConaughey on the booing of his film. “There were many time during the making of this where I thought, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’”, said McConaughey. “That frustrated me for a long time.

Watts said the limited budget and tight schedule forced her and McConaughey to get creative about developing their characters’ chemistry as a married couple. It’s happened.'” “Who knows what people thought they were going to see, but they could easily get really mad because it is very sentimental,” said Van Sant. “What better movie to get angry at than something that’s too schmaltzy for you? She recalls sending him an email that read: “Do you mind if we write each other in character?” Watts continued: “I got an email back 10 minutes later that said, ‘Write at will. McConaughey also admitted at the press event that there was time while shooting the film that he felt frustrated but in the end he found himself very lucky to be a part of that film. McConaughey’s career have been soaring, with winning the Best Actor in the Academy Awards last 2014 and critics praise him for his role in the TV series “True Detective”.

Sometimes they were three pages long — Matthew’s a fantastic writer.” Talk also turned to Watts and McConaughey’s personal relationships, given the movie’s subject matter. But usually the loudest booing is reserved only for strongly polarizing movies (even Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” was booed in its Cannes debut) or maybe if the hype has so exceeded the movie’s merits. Kids,” Watts replied. “Watching them discover life and figure things out, there’s nothing more wonderful.” For McConaughey’s part, he said: “Something to look forward to.” I believe that we are damn well expected to have our hands on the wheel, we are architects of our own life,” said McConaughey. “Ultimately, ‘Sea of Trees’ feels like an entirely appropriate title: it makes you feel like you’re drowning, and it’s full of sap,” wrote Lyttleton.

If I thought it was a certain type of movie, and it was just a different movie.” Van Sant says that festival director Thierry Fremaux called to say he wanted the film for Cannes before seeing it. Later, it was moved from the Un Certain Regard sidebar into the competition where expectations are amped up considerably — especially for a well-regarded filmmaker like Van Sant, the director of “Good Will Hunting,” ”Milk” and “My Own Private Idaho.” “Then it went to competition and I was like: ‘OK, wow. The movie-going public generally has less of an issue with sentimentality than Cannes critics, and McConaughey is one of the most popular stars in film right now. Whether you’re a young lover enjoying the shade and ambiance of a gazebo, or a biker training for a big race, or a child looking for a fun playground, the Nokiidaa Trail has something to offer.

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