The Sea of Trees (2016)
Critic Consensus: Dull, maudlin, and fundamentally empty, The Sea of Trees extinguishes the contributions of a talented cast and marks a depressing low point in director Gus Van Sant's career.
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as Arthur Brennan
as Joan Brennan
as Takumi Nakamura
as Gabriella Laforte
as Dr. Takahashi
as Cabin Attendant
as Arthur's Friend
as Gas Station Customer
as Funeral Director
as Airport Desk Agent
as Mental Health Specialist
as Hospital Administrator
as Arthur's Friend
as Funeral Mourner
as Accident Witness
as Gas Station Clerk
as Game Show Host
as Paul Wescott
as Ambulance Tech #2
as Male Student
as Japanese Nurse
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Critic Reviews for The Sea of Trees
Van Sant seems unsure of what kind of movie he's making or what he's trying to say. It's best to just enjoy the scenery and look the other way.
No wonder Watts rules the movie. She's playing the only remotely sympathetic character; the men seem consumed by grief and guilt and platitudes.
The Sea of Trees uses depression, cancer and suicide as manipulative devices to tug at heartstrings instead of offering insight into the human condition.
A numinous meditation on grief that's more likely to inspire laughter than tears.
A stronger movie experience than one might expect. It's anchored by a fine, understated performance by Matthew McConaughey and a deeply felt, if at times melodramatic, story that proves strangely immersive.
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I had heard the film was poorly reviewed but being a Van Sant fan I knew I had to watch this film at some stage. I had watched Gerry a week ago and must admit I found this to be a companion piece to that film, I couldn't find the distaste everybody else did. The film score is slightly odd and the dark subject matter might put others off but I feel like everybody was jumping on the hate train for this film. The performances are raw and true, I was glued to the screen watching these three great actors fill the time. The slow pace isn't anywhere near the pace of Gerry and that story was nowhere as talkative as this film. I really hope people rediscover this film, it's an artistic film and further proof of the talent Sant brings to every film. Not nearly as grim or muddled as the reviews would have you believe, this is a well acted story about discovery and forgiveness. 20-07-2017.
A pretentious, vapid and depressingly stupid drama that believes to be a lot more beautiful than it is, with cheesy, predictable twists and a baffling lack of insight into anything it sets out to discuss, despite McConaughey putting a lot of dedication into it with a good performance.
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