Wednesday 20 February 2019

Bad news for Saoirse Ronan as her 'unthinkingly offensive' Ryan Gosling film goes straight to DVD

Ryan Gosling has made his directorial debut at Cannes
Ryan Gosling has made his directorial debut at Cannes
Director Ryan Gosling (third left), cast member Christina Hendricks (second left) and her husband Geoffrey Arend (left) (fourth right), cast members Reda Kateb (fourth left), Iain De Caestecker (fourth right) and Matt Smith (second right) arrive for the screening of the film "Lost River". Reuters/Eric Gaillard
Saoirse Ronan
(L-R) Ryan Gosling and Christina Hendricks attend the "Lost River" premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival
Director Ryan Gosling arrives for the screening of the film "Lost River". Reuters/Eric Gaillard
Director Ryan Gosling and cast member Christina Hendricks pose during a photocall for the film 'Lost River' in competition for the category 'Un Certain Regard' at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Reuters

Jess Denham

Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, will not be released in US cinemas after receiving largely negative reviews at the Cannes Film Festival last spring.

The Canadian actor’s movie, starring Matt Smith, Christina Hendricks and his girlfriend Eva Mendes, will instead be distributed by Warner Bros on home entertainment platforms in April.

It has yet to be confirmed whether Lost River will be screened elsewhere around the world, but with critics describing it as “unthinkingly offensive”, “ultimately kind of juvenile” and “a student film with an A-list cast”, its future looks in serious doubt.

The magical-realist film follows single mother Billy as she is “swept into a dark underworld” while her teenage son Bones discovers a secret underwater town.

Director Ryan Gosling and cast member Christina Hendricks pose during a photocall for the film 'Lost River' in competition for the category 'Un Certain Regard' at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Reuters
Director Ryan Gosling and cast member Christina Hendricks pose during a photocall for the film 'Lost River' in competition for the category 'Un Certain Regard' at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes. Reuters

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One scene sees Doctor Who’s Smith chant “Look at my muscles!” while plenty of others feature burning bicycles and houses.

Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan

Many reviewers noted not-so-subtle homages to filmmakers such as David Lynch and Nicolas Winding Refn.

Refn, who worked with Gosling on 2011 hit Drive, called Lost River a “beautiful, great movie that will grow on people”.

Director Ryan Gosling arrives for the screening of the film
Director Ryan Gosling arrives for the screening of the film "Lost River". Reuters/Eric Gaillard

Lost River premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section in May, after first being called How to Catch a Monster.

A home entertainment release date has yet to be confirmed.

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