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Ryan Gosling discusses mixed reactions to new film

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 - 01:00

The cast and crew of the new Nicolas Winding Refn movie react to people's mixed responses to the film. Rough Cut - No Narration.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: ROUGH CUT - NO NARRATION STORY: Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn is continuing to defend his new film "Only God Forgives" as he brings the violent film to America for its U.S. release. The thriller, set in the Bangkok underworld of brothels and fight clubs came under attack at the Cannes film festival in May for its bloodletting. The film, written by Refn, tells the story of Julian, an American fugitive played by Canadian Ryan Gosling, who runs a boxing club in the Thai capital as a front for a drug business. After his brother is murdered for killing a prostitute, his gangster mother played by a chain-smoking, peroxide blonde Kristin Scott Thomas arrives demanding the heads of his killers, including a mysterious policeman handy with a sword. As the family seeks revenge, the God-like policeman decides their fate, with blood splattered throughout the film that is sparse on dialogue but heavy on imagery with many scenes set in claustrophobic corridors darkly lit in blood red. In one scene a hitman is pinned to a chair with four skewers while his eyes are gauged out and in another a sword splits open a gunman's chest, blood gushing and ribs exposed. The film sharply divided critics at Cannes. Some people walked out of a press screening and others booed at the end, while some critics described it as "aesthetically brilliant". Scott Thomas said she understands the divide because of the violence but explained the film is much more than its bloodshed. "I think it's a film that really divides people because it's incredible violent. The violence is very, very shocking. But it's more than the physical gory, special effects types violence," Thomas told Reuters. Gosling said people's reaction to the film is simply based on personal preference. "You know, I don't think that there is a way to convince someone to like a film like this. You know, it's very personal to Nicolas. You know, it's something that he had a lot of opportunities to do a lot of different films after 'Drive' and still chose to go and make this which was very small in comparison. And I think something he knew that would divide people," said the actor who worked with Refn on the 2011 Cannes hit "Drive." "I don't kind of try to think why people love or hate because then you go insane. But what's interesting is that it's always more passionate if there is a diversity. Because diversity means thought" said Refn.

Ryan Gosling discusses mixed reactions to new film

Tuesday, Jul 16, 2013 - 01:00

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