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231 Ratings

The Sea of Trees

Directed by Gus Van Sant
United States, 2015


A suicidal American befriends a Japanese man lost in a forest near Mt. Fuji and the two search for a way out.

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The Sea of Trees Directed by Gus Van Sant
As an actor’s showcase, The Sea of Trees at least compares favorably to the repugnant Dallas Buyers Club, and you can’t help but credit that to the fact that this was made by a real director instead of a hack. If only for McConaughey’s impressive turn, and Van Sant’s surface pleasures, this flawed drama deserves something better than its hastily applied film maudit status.
August 25, 2016
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The screenplay for The Sea Of Trees, penned by Chris Sparling (Buried), is one of those narrative Rube Goldberg machines where everything falls into place in the unlikeliest, corniest, and worst possible way… As it turns out, there is something worse than Nicholas Sparks, the king of morbid romantic kitsch, and that’s a Nicholas Sparks pretender with highfalutin pretensions.
August 25, 2016
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Mr. Van Sant has always had a sentimental streak — reaching some kind of apogee with “Restless,” in 2011 — but a better script might have replaced literalness with the emotional intelligence that the film badly needs. We do, however, have the consolations of Kasper Tuxen’s lush photography, which turns the forest into a damp green womb.
August 25, 2016
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