Lost River

Lost River

Ryan Gosling (2014)

90min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Ryan Gosling makes his debut as a writer/director with a twisted adult fairy tale heavily influenced by the visual style of David Lynch and soundtrack design of Nicolas Winding Refn. A financially-strapped single mother (Christina Hendricks of Mad Men) is offered work in a bizarre cabaret club where ultra-realistic torture mutilation acts top the bill. Meanwhile her teenage son (a splendid Iain De Caestecker) steals scrap metal from wrecked houses, putting him on the radar of a crazed, lip-severing psycho (Dr Who's Matt Smith) who runs their no-go neighbourhood. With heavy symbolism placed on decay - both moral and physical - Gosling is clearly angling for a parable on American consumerism, but he's more concerned with arresting fantasy-noir visuals, surreal dreamscapes and weird atmospheres than a coherent story. Still, despite being indulgent and unfocused, some incredibly potent imagery (including Hendricks's debasement in a clear plastic "iron" maiden) gives the film hypnotic power and elements of surprise.

Summary

A single mother struggles to support her two children in a town devastated by an economic collapse. Her desperation drives her to a sinister underworld, while her eldest son tries to uncover the truth about a supposed curse on the town. Fantasy directed by Ryan Gosling, starring Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Saoirse Ronan and Matt Smith.

Cast & Crew

Billy Christina Hendricks
Rat Saoirse Ronan
Bones Iain De Caestecker
Bully Matt Smith
Grandma Barbara Steele
Cat Eva Mendes
Dave Ben Mendelsohn
Franky Landyn Stewart
Face Torrey Wigfield
Silver Rob Zabrecky
Director Ryan Gosling
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment OneAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 10 Apr 2015
Drama