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Husband is 'everything' for Kidman

Nicole Kidman's husband and red carpet date travelled for 35 hours to join her in Cannes.

Musician Keith Urban made the trip from Sydney, where's he's been filming The Voice, to escort her up the famous Palais stairs at the Cannes Film Festival for the screening of her film, The Paperboy.

And Kidman says his effort meant "everything" to her: "As long as he's there, he's my rock, everything's fine. I feel a little out to sea if he's not there."

Not that she did not know what she was doing.

It's the star's fifth time in Cannes, so she's used to the huge photo calls, press conferences and international interviews in the palm-tree scattered French coastal resort.

This time Kidman has two movies showing - The Paperboy, which is competing for the Palme d'Or top prize, and, outside of competition, the HBO movie Hemingway&Gellhorn.

The Paperboy, director Lee Daniels' steamy Southern noir in which she stars with Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey, received mixed reactions at press screenings before the premiere, so the cast were delighted when the audience took to their feet to clap for 15 minutes after seeing it.

While a teary Efron described the ovation as one of the most profound moments of his life and the rest of the cast was overwhelmed, Kidman remained dry-eyed, if appreciative.

"We got an amazing standing ovation, which was great. This is my fifth time so I've had many, many, many different reactions," she said in an interview with The Associated Press on Saturday. "That's the longest standing 'O' I've ever gotten at Cannes."

"Lee was crying, but I wasn't crying. I cry at my kids, I cry with my family, I don't really cry outside of that - that's the stuff that brings me to tears." Kidman said. "All of this other stuff, the glitter, and those sort of things, I'm more sort of immune to at this stage. It's probably because I've been doing it for so long."

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