Ryan Gosling arrived in France Tuesday afternoon for the Cannes Film Festival directorial debut of his new movie, ‘The Lost River’. And, sadly for Gosling, the crowd was not very pleased with his work. Read below to find out more about the movie.
1. The Movie is a ‘Fantasy/Thriller’
Entertainment Weekly describes the movie as a
modern day fairytale [set] against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city.”
Luckily, some critiques were a fan of the mysterious city he thought up, and said that he “wholeheartedly believed in the world he created.” The movie is said to have a bit of a film-noir and fairy-tale-esque feel.
2. Gosling Wrote and Directed the Film
The movie is about a teenage boy who finds a road that takes him to an underwater town. Gosling was inspired by the city of Detroit– a place that he says has gone from being beautiful and captivating to extremely destitute and ruined. The Telegraph quotes Gosling as saying,
It was, at one time, a postcard for the American Dream but now, for the families in these neighborhoods, the dream has become a nightmare.
3. Audiences Boo’d The Film
Entertainment Weekly writes,
The immediate response was harsh. Boos reportedly drowned out the applause, and some unimpressed critics and journalists quickly took to Twitter to express their antipathy in a contest of colorful language.
The Cannes Film Festival is known for encouraging audiences to express their feelings about the films they see, and it doesn’t seem like people held back from showing Gosling that his film did NOT live up to their expectations.
— Melanie (@little_skull) May 20, 2014
— Indiewire (@indiewire) May 20, 2014
Too bad about the reviews for Ryan Gosling's Lost River. (How 3 Catch a Monster) People are hating it.
— Devin (@dshockeyboy15) May 20, 2014
4. Eva Mendes Stars in the Film
The two celebs have been dating since the summer of 2011 when they shot “The Place Beyond the Pines”. Though rumors have circulated about a supposed breakup, Gosling was caught spending time with Mendes in February, hinting that the two are very much together.
Strangely, though, Mendes did not show up to France for the premiere, and Gosling took many photos with Christina Hendricks.
5. It Has an Awesome Cast
Iain de Caestecker is the teenager that stars in this film, and is known for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.Ds. He plays a boy named Bones in the movie. Christina Hendricks plays his mother, alongside Matt Smith and Reda Kateb, from Zero Dark Thirty.
Some critiques were a fan of Gosling’s decision to cast Italian gothic horror movie actress Barbara Steele, who plays Rat’s silent and rather sedentary grandmother.