New director Gosling's 'Lost River' is panned as a Cannes 'crapocalypse'
Hollywood heart-throb Ryan Gosling burned up the screen at the Cannes film festival with his directorial debut yesterday, but critics' reaction was a damp squib.
Gosling's 'Lost River', which was premiered last night, includes enough images of blazing buildings to satisfy the most ardent pyromaniac.
But early comments following an advance press screening were overwhelmingly caustic. Tim Robey of the 'Daily Telegraph' called the film – set in a near-deserted community pockmarked by scorched houses – a "crapocalypse."
The film, which he also wrote, is one of 19 to compete in the "Un Certain Regard" category for emerging directors at the prestigious festival.
The Hollywood star has been a frequent visitor to Cannes as an actor, most recently accompanying two Nicolas Winding Refn films – the bloody slasher set in Bangkok, 'Only God Forbids', and thriller 'Drive'.
The influence of Winding Refn – who this year is a jury member in the festival's main competition – was palpable, said critics.