Matthew McConaughey Enters the Suicide Forest with Gus Van Sant

After hitting his stride and reviving himself from obscurity with True Detective and films like Dallas Buyers Club and Interstellar, Matthew McConaughey seems to be having trouble pleasing critics. With a few films in the pipeline for release within the next year, early reviews seem to be indicating that he may already be expecting another damaging hit at the box office. Just released however, is the trailer for his next film, The Sea of Trees. Starring alongside Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe and Directed by Gus Van Sant of Good Will Hunting fame, we find McConaughey as a lost man in Japan roaming what is known as the “Suicide Forest” as he reflects on his relationship with his wife.
Here’s the official Synopsis:
In this powerful story of love and redemption, Matthew McConaughey stars as Arthur Brennan, an American professor who travels to Japan in the midst of a personal crisis. As he wanders through a mysterious forest with a dark past, he experiences flashbacks of his fraught but loving relationship with his wife, Joan (Naomi Watts), and meets an enigmatic stranger, Takumi (Ken Watanabe), who is lost and injured. Arthur devotes himself to saving Takumi and returning him home to safety, and the two embark on a spiritual, life-changing journey of friendship, discovery, and healing—one which may ultimately re-connect Arthur with his love for his wife

Although the response at the screening of this year’s Cannes Film Festival were less than pleasant, this film could still be a great drama, albeit horribly depressing. Alternatively, it could put another nail in the coffin for director Gus Van Sant, who hasn’t had a critical or financial hit since 2008’s Milk.
There is currently no official release for Australia, but is expected to be available in limited release and via streaming services August 26.