The first film booed at this year’s Cannes Film Festival belongs to Matthew McConaghey. Sea of Trees, which stars McConaughey and Naomi Watts, was roundly jeered at the fest after its debut on Friday. Critics have already taken to Twitter to share their negative reaction to Gus Van Sant’s latest film.
The Guardian calls the movie, about a man who tries to commit suicide in Japan’s “Suicide Forest,” a “fantastically annoying and dishonest tear-jerker.” While at the base of Mount Fuiji, the site of many other suicides, Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) encounters a Japanese man (Ken Watanabe) who also wants to kill himself, and the two begin a journey of self-reflection while trying to survive.
Here’s what happened after Sea of Trees’ final credits rolled, according to the critics who were there:
SEA OF TREES: Dimestore mysticism of a highly maudlin and unpleasant order, passionately and deservedly booed. #Cannes
— Scott Foundas (@foundasonfilm) May 15, 2015
Sea of Trees? More like Sea of Oh Please #ItGotBooed
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) May 15, 2015
First loud boos of #Cannes2015 for Gus Van Sant’s THE SEA OF TREES. Guy next to me was hissing as credits rolled.
— Nigel M. Smith (@nigelmfs) May 15, 2015
Heard my first Cannes 2015 boos following Gus Van Sant’s SEA OF TREES.
— Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) May 15, 2015
And the first lusty boos of Cannes greet… Gus Van Sant’s just-concluded SEA OF TREES.
— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 15, 2015
Gus Van Sants SEA OF TREES wins for the first Cannes booing I’ve ever witnessed. It was magical! (The booing. The movie was very bad!)
— Emily Yoshida (@emilyyoshida) May 15, 2015
Without spoiling it for anybody, one character in Sea of Trees dies in a BS way that Gus Van Sant should have run from, not embraced. Boo.
— Steve Pond (@stevepond) May 15, 2015
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have already picked up distribution rights for Sea of Trees. Expect it out in theaters later this year.