Gosling gore film booed at Cannes
Published 23/05/2013 | 14:08
Ryan Gosling's film Only God Forgives has been booed at Cannes because of extreme violence.
At a press screening of the film, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, some of the audience were so shocked by violent scenes they expressed their disgust vocally, according to Vulture.
A review by Vulture said: "When Gosling drags a guy across the hallway by his upper jaw, the audience cringed. When one painfully long torture sequence concluded with eye and ear mutilation, the audience revolted. When one character stuck his hand inside a woman's slashed body, the audience locked and loaded its boos. Gosling doesn't have much to say in this movie, but the auditorium sure did."
The Toronto Sun, which said that "boos rang out" at the screening, claimed gratuitous violence wasn't the film's only flaw.
According to the paper: "Only God Forgives left many in the auditorium wincing or unable to watch, although some lines sparked unintended laughter."
Refn and Ryan previously worked together on the similarly violent but critically acclaimed film Drive.
Ryan was not actually in Cannes as he is filming his directorial debut, How To Catch A Monster, in Detroit.
He sent the following statement to the film's press conference: "Can't believe I'm not In Cannes. I was hoping to come but I'm on week three shooting my film in Detroit. Miss you all. Nicolas, my friend, we really are the same persons in different dimensions. I'm sending you good vibrations."