Kristen Stewart's new film "Crimes of the Future" is blowing viewers away...literally!
Kristen Stewart's new film has been turning heads....or turning away heads for that matter. Her brand new gory and controversial flick Crimes of the Future, directed by David Cronenberg, seems to be a bit too much to handle for some.
Crimes of the Future has gotten rave reviews at this year's Cannes Film Festival but The New York Times has reported that a few people have been walking out of the screenings.
Kyle Buchanan, a writer for New York Times tweeted about the walkouts, identifying a bit of a theme. He also mentioned that about 15 people walked out.
To be fair, people leave these press screenings all the time if they're not vibing with the film or simply have a scheduling issue, but the ones who fled for the exits definitely did so during notably gross plot developments. Mission accomplished.— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) May 23, 2022
The walkouts are because of the gory plot points of the film. The film follows Stewart's character who is a plastic surgeon drawn into the world of performative surgical procedures. A film about surgery is bound to get gory. Some of the scenes that may have triggered the walkouts involve the autopsy on a child as well as the scene of a man covered in ears.
Cronenberg spoke to the New York Times about the walkouts, mentioning that he "wasn’t expecting it."
"I was thinking it could happen — it’s a little different."
Cronenberg had also previously spoken about the possibility of walkouts during an interview with Variety.
The audience in Cannes is a very strange audience. It’s not a normal audience. A lot of people are there just for the prestige or for the red carpet. And they’re not cinephiles. So they might be walkouts, whereas a normal audience would have no problem with the movie. So who knows?
Kristen Stewart also spoke about the walkouts saying:
Everyone loves to talk about how his [Cronenberg's] movies are difficult to watch and it's fun to talk about people walking out of Cannes screenings. But every single gaping, weird bruise in his movies, it makes my mouth open. You wanna lean in toward it. And it never repulses me ever.
Despite the walkouts, Crimes of the Future is apparently still doing well among the audiences. According to Variety, the film got a standing ovation that lasted for seven minutes.