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Matthew McConaughey's Sea of Trees booed
at Cannes

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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:

Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions have already picked up distribution rights for Sea of Trees. Expect it out in theaters later this year.