“There’s always that moment. That big, life-changing moment that knocks us on the floor and reminds us of what really matters.”
Friendships great and small have the potential to leave long-lasting impressions on our lives—imprints of the experiences and emotions that shape who we are and how we relate to the world around us. Those transformative friendships can be life-long and enduring, but sometimes the most life-changing connections are the result of a small spark of recognition or moment of compassion that can forever shape the way we view the world.
In Matthew McConaughey’s new film The Sea of Trees, the transformative power of friendship is on full display in the unexpected connection McConaughey’s character, Arthur, makes with Takumi (played by Ken Watanabe) within the foreboding Aokigahara forest (Japan’s “Suicide Forest”), in the shadow of Mt. Fuji. Both men have come to the forest to escape the myriad troubles in their lives, and their brief moment of connection leave both men changed forever as they 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 Joan (Naomi Watts).
Have you experienced that kind of connection? A bond that arises suddenly out of shared experience and quickly bonds you to a kindred spirit? Experience that healing power of friendship in The Sea of Trees, opening in select theaters and on demand August 26.