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Charlize Theron & Sean Penn have an awkward day at Cannes

A celebrity gossip junky, Caroline Goddard has been writing entertainment news for longer than the world has known Kim Kardashian's name. Follow her on Twitter at @GoddardCaroline.

Charlize Theron's Cannes reunion with Sean Penn was apparently as awful as their movie

Charlize Theron wants to quit Sean Penn so badly, but she can't — not while there's a terrible movie to promote.

The formerly engaged couple split almost a year ago, but they've been thrown together again and again since the breakup to promote their film The Last Face, directed by Penn and starring Theron. Their latest run-in happened in Cannes and, well, it doesn't appear that their relationship has thawed at all.

The pair did not stand anywhere near each other, with Theron's co-stars Adèle Exarchopoulos and Javier Bardem making sure there was plenty of distance, and they did not interact during the photo call. They also sat separately during the press conference that followed.

Penn kept a sourpuss look on his face throughout the day, which may have had less to do with the presence of his ex and more to do with the viscerally terrible reaction his film received at the Cannes Film Festival.

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The movie is so bad that Cannes audience members alternately booed at the screen and laughed at what were supposed to be highly dramatic moments.

Calling it the worst film of Penn's career, IndieWire's Eric Kohn wrote, "The narrative panders on every level: It's a supercilious attempt to bemoan the hardships of neglected people under the guise of whiny romantic fluff."

The Guardian's Benjamin Lee gave it one star, calling the movie "an extended Band Aid video, shoddily assembled to be screened at galas filled with the guilty elite sipping champagne while frowning at close-ups of tearful orphans."

But the best — or worst, depending on how you look at it — comments were reserved for Twitter.

Ouch! That last one might be true, though, for all we know.

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