The Sea of Trees

The Sea of Trees

The Sea of Trees

A suicidal American (Matthew McConaughey) befriends a Japanese man (Ken Watanabe) lost in Japan's Suicide Forest in this American drama directed by Gus Van Sant (Milk).

"It’s love and loss that lead Arthur Brennan (McConaughey), across the world to Japan’s Aokigahara, a mysterious dense forest known as The Sea of Trees lapping the foothills of Japan’s Mount Fuji – a place where people go to contemplate life and death. Arthur enters the depths of the forest and loses himself beyond the guiding ribbons threaded through the trees by many before him. Having found the perfect place to die, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who also appears to have lost his way. Unable to leave Takumi behind, Arthur invests all of his remaining energy into saving Takumi and returning him to safety. The two men embark on a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur’s will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife." (Cannes Film Festival)

2015110 minsUSA
Drama

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The Sea of Trees / Reviews

Variety

Variety

This risibly long-winded drama is perhaps above all a profound cultural insult, milking the lush green scenery of Japan’s famous Aokigahara forest for all it’s worth...

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The Telegraph

The Telegraph

Fake, forced, and unbearably tricksy, a kind of suicide rehab with gotcha devices.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

An exasperatingly shallow film on an important and agonisingly painful subject - depression and suicide.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Woefully sentimental and maudlin...

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