Here are some photos of Matthew McConaughey and Naomi Watts at the Cannes photocall and premiere of their new Gus Van Sant film, Sea of Trees. Terrible title, right? Especially given that the film sounds like an utterly maudlin, depressive exercise. The film is about a man (McConaughey) who wants to commit suicide, so he travels to Japan’s “Suicide Forest” and ends up meeting some other people wanting to commit suicide and he ends up going on a journey to learn that he doesn’t really want to die. Sounds pretty terrible, right? Like, why would you even want to make that film? And why wouldn’t you call the film The Suicide Forest? That seems like an obvious one, right?
Anyway, the film is apparently as bad as it sounds. Sea of Trees was the first film at this year’s Cannes Film Festival to be booed following the first screening. EW compiled some of the worst of critics’ tweets here – The Guardian called the film a “fantastically annoying and dishonest tear-jerker.” Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson skewered it. I’ve yet to see a positive review. Apparently, people were actually HISSING. So what was The McConaughey’s reaction? He told the assembled journalists at the press conference, “Anyone has as much right to boo as they do to ovate.” Alright alright alright.
As for fashion… Naomi’s photocall dress was Peter Pilotto. Her premiere look (the one-shouldr gown in pale silver-blue) was Armani Privé Spring 2015. Matthew’s wife Camila Alves also walked the premiere red carpet, but not with her husband. Camila’s gown is Gabriela Cadena. I think I like Naomi’s Armani most of all, although I wish it was just a touch longer.
Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.