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3.0
1,019 Ratings

Lost River

Directed by Ryan Gosling
United States, 2014
Fantasy, Thriller

Synopsis

Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy, a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery if their family is to survive.

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Lost River Directed by Ryan Gosling
The photography, by Gaspar Noé associate Benoît Debie, is magnificent (there’s a shade of purple here that I’ve never seen anywhere before, in life or on screen). Overall, though, the film is an incoherent stew of stylistic borrowings and gruesome chic. In the afternoon show, the film was enthusiastically booed: Gosling, you could say, got roundly goosed.
May 24, 2014
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Gosling has assembled a strong cast, and by enlisting the services of DoP Benoît Debie (Spring Breakers, Enter the Void) has at least ensured that every shot in the film is intoxicatingly resplendent. But that superficial dazzle only takes it so far. Ultimately, there’s only so many times you can use the same tracking shot up a violet-lit corridor, or static shot of a blazing building, before the audience will begin to wonder whether any of this actually means anything.
May 22, 2014
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There are people who don’t want to meet their favorite stars for fear that who they really are will disappoint. That’s how I feel when some actors direct. I’m scared to know what they’re really into or that there’s nothing there but, say, a spoiled teenager with designer taste in condescension. That dirty, lost little boy traipsing through the debris? I’m sad to report it’s Gosling.
May 21, 2014
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