Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe in a scene from Gus Van Sant’s "The Sea of Trees."
Courtesy of Cannes film festival
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Gus Van Sant's latest is a high-stakes drama of love and loss starring Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts, set mostly in Japan. "The Sea of Trees," which premiered Saturday in competition for the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, landed with a thud at its press previews, garnering the first big boos of this year's edition.McConaughey's career has been flying high since he bagged an Academy Award last year for "Dallas Buyers Club" and critical adulation for his role in the gritty television series "True Detective".In the film, Arthur performs a Google search for "the perfect place to die" and ends up wandering through a dense forest near the foothills of Mount Fuji that attracts dozens of depressed people each year.Before he can take his own life, he encounters Takumi (Ken Watanabe), a mysterious Japanese man who is injured and has lost his way.
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