Cannes: Jodie Foster, Julia Roberts Tear Up During Ovation After 'Money Monster' Premiere

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Julia Roberts (left), Jodie Foster

The financial thriller with George Clooney, Roberts and Jack O'Connell screens out-of-competition at the festival.

Jodie Foster looked to be holding back tears as her financial thriller Money Monster premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday evening and received a nearly four-minute standing ovation.

Julia Roberts, who has never been in town with a festival film before, also could be seen with watery eyes, and the crowd erupted in applause and cheers for Jack O'Connell when he appeared on the big screen from the theater camera feed after the movie. While walking the carpet, Roberts could be seen on the monitor inside saying "this is crazy" to Foster in reference to the crush of photographers.

George Clooney, along with wife Amal, and co-stars Roberts and O'Connell walked the red carpet along with director Foster.

The crowd also included Jessica Chastain, Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts, Diego Luna, Julianne Moore, Universal Music Group boss Lucian Grainge and CAA's Bryan Lourd and Kevin Huvane.

Money Monster stars Clooney as an investment pundit on a financial TV show similar to Jim Cramer's Mad Money, who, along with his producer, played by Roberts, is taken hostage on-air by an angry investor (O'Connell). It screened out of competition at Cannes.

In his review, The Hollywood Reporter critic Todd McCarthy called the film "a timely, moderately engaging real-time thriller about a live-TV hostage drama that unfortunately lacks any suspense whatsoever."

Money Monster is tracking for a U.S. opening in the low-teen millions. The film opens Friday.

Woody Allen's Cafe Society on Wednesday opened the Cannes Film Festival, with the filmmaker getting a modest, three-minute standing ovation.