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The audience reaction at the film's official screening at the Cannes Film Festival Thursday night was sparse applause and mostly annoyed silence, according to an article by Jean-Luc Wachthausen (Sidney Poitier décoré, Tom Hanks dépité, May 19) in Le Figaro. This was something not remembered by anyone in the festival's history, in terms of how the main film screening was received there. The reactions at the press screening on Tuesday night (Scepticisme du côté des premiers spectateurs du «Da Vinci Code», May 17) according to Le Figaro. During the credits, there was "un silence glacial" and even some booing, again unheard of at Cannes, where there is usually at least polite applause. Worse, when Robert Langdon (Tom Hanks) told Sophie Neveu (Audrey Tautou) in the film that she was "the last living descendant of Jesus Christ," the audience burst into laughter. I am not even going to put this movie in my Netflix queue.