The Sea of Trees

Synopsis: Arthur Brennan treks into Aokigahara, known as The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to commit suicide. On his journey to the suicide forest, he encounters Takumi Nakamura, a Japanese man who has lost his way after attempting suicide. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will to live and reconnects him to his love for his wife.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Gus Van Sant
Production: Waypoint Entertainment
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
110 min

Let's go!

Please take the ticket.

Arthur Brennan.

Um, okay.

Where will you be traveling to,

Mr. Brennan?



When did you book your ticket?

Last night.

Let me help you.


Here it is.

Would you like to book

your return flight now?


All right.

I need your bags

up here, please.

I don't have any.

Just the carry on.

Okay, you're all set.

You'll be leaving

out of gate 43.

Boarding begins

in about an hour.

Have a good flight.


Step back up, please.

Good afternoon,

ladies and gentlemen.

Welcome aboard Ana.

This is a co-shared flight

with our star lines partners.

Sir, are you sure you don't

want anything to eat?

Yeah, I'm not hungry.

Please let us know

if you change your mind.



Excuse me.


You okay?

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.

Are you okay?



Slow, slow, slow.

Are you lost?


I cannot find the way out.


Please help me.

Okay, look.

Listen to me.

The trail is right there.


Go that way.

It will lead you out of here.

Straight ahead.

He didn't find the trail.

Are you with anyone?

Are you with anyone?


Thank you.

I have to find it.

Okay, it must be this way.

I walked that direction.

I could not find any trail.

You don't want to leave.

I do.

You came here alone.


I want to go home

to my family.

This way.

Now listen, do you...

Do you have a cell phone?

It would not work

even if I did.

Did you drive yourself here?


Well, how will you get

to the hospital?

I will.


This is it.

The trail.

- Trail?

- It's the trail.

- Is it?

Yes, yes.


Yes, I see.

I see trail.

Follow it that way.

It'll bring you back

to the parking lot. Okay?

Yes. Yes.



- Thank you. Thank you.

Thank you.

- Okay, go.


Hey! Hey!


Forgot something

in my jacket.

This is not right trail.

I think you'll love it.

The house is amazing.


It's very private.


That sounds great.

We can meet tomorrow

at the seller's residence.

Eight o'clock.




What happened?

The tank overflowed.


I have some of those things.

What things?

Those... hand wipes.

- Good.

- Here.

Thank you.

So I have

another showing tomorrow.

That's great, I heard.

It's right by the college.

I could drop by after.

Tomorrow I'm pretty busy.

Well, how 'bout

a quick lunch then?

I could pick up something

on the way over.

Yeah, I really don't

have time tomorrow.

Okay. Never mind.

Can you see if my lipstick's

in the glove compartment?



Mmh... nope.

No, it's not in there.

What are you doin'?

Jesus, Joan.

- Did you look good?

Well? Is that it?


I didn't see it.

'Cause you didn't look.

You watched me.

Forget it.

You did the same thing

with the baking powder.

With the baking powder?

Forget it.

No, obviously you're

not forgetting it.

What about the baking powder?

It was right there

in the pantry.

Right in front of your face.

- Jesus Christ, Joan.

Are we really gonna fight

about this, huh?

You don't care.

I don't care about what?

Your mind's always

somewhere else.

Okay, well what

groundbreaking thought

kept me from finding

your f***ing lipstick?

Go ahead, mock me.

When you're being this

ridiculous, you deserve it.

You're driving home.


Well, it turns out

my student-teacher

submitted my fantasy football

results instead of my paper.

And here I was thinking

my calculations were wrong.

Well, at least that explains

why you got rejected.

That it does.

Are you planning

on resubmitting?

Hmm, who knows?


What about you, Arthur?

- My article?

- Yeah.

Um, I think it might

have a chance

in some smaller journals...

Oh, absolutely.

It's a fantastic article.

Thank you.

We'll see. We'll see.

Have you read it, Joan?

- Hmm?

- Have you read it?


She doesn't read my work.


- It's okay.

- It's okay.

I don't... appraise your houses.

I just...

...think he should be pursuing

other opportunities

instead of waiting around

trying to get published.

Publication in

the right journal

can do wonders

for an adjunct's career.


So can change of profession.

Oh, stop it, Joan.

- Stop what?

- Please.

You think it's right your wife

does all the heavy lifting

so you can pretend

to be an intellectual?

Is that right, honey?

See, belittling me...

...does wonders

for Joan's self-esteem.

Now, having an audience

compounds that effect,

so consider your presence

tonight medicinal.

Right, dear? Hmm?

- Cheers. Cheers to that.

Right, Joan?

Well, that's good.

Ruin my work.

We can't keep doing this.


How long have you been here?

Two days.

Like this?

Give me your tie.

You'll freeze.

- Come on.

- Take coat.

- I don't want the coat.

- Please, take coat.

I don't want the coat.

I want to find the trail.

Come on.


Grab the root.

Why are you doing this?


Why do you wanna die?

I do not want to die.

Then why are you here?

It is... I didn't want to live.

What's the difference?

My company sent me

to the document...

...research department...

...after I make a mistake.

It was a demotion.

A job?

That's why you're doing this?

You do not get real work.

Nobody speaks to you.

You are there,

but you are not.

Without job...

...i cannot take care

of my family.

So you come here instead...

You do not understand

my culture.

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Chris Sparling

Chris Sparling (born March 21, 1977) is an American screenwriter, director, and actor from Providence, Rhode Island. He is married to Kerri Morrone Sparling, author of the diabetes blog Six Until Me. more…

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