If Tim Burton had a baby with Melanie Martinez and dressed that baby with Lynch's clothes, that baby would think the same I do: what a reference mess. I can't find a way to put all of those characters and people and colors and things all together - it just doesn't look cohesive. Watering down any emotions for the aesthetics drive, this river got me really lost.
Un esthétisme fort en dépit de toute linéarité dans le récit. On est envoûté par ce flot d'images lancinantes, belles, baroques & macabres où la violence & le drame semblent envahir chaque volute de ces maisons que le réalisateur contemple longuement en train de brûler. Une plongée dans un monde mourant, un envoûtant kaléidoscope d'images, un thriller captivant, une bande-son sublime & oppressante.
Et Barbara STEELE!
D is for Dangerous. D is for Demolition. D is for Dealt with. D is for Destruction. D is for Debt. D is for Defeat. D is for Deal. D is for Demon. D is for Diving. D is for Door. D is for Deed. D is for Dire. D is for Dismal. D is for Displacement. D is for Directing. D is for Done. D is for Daddy. D is for D is for Depression. D is for Dope. D is for Dimly-lit. D is for Despair. D is for Death.[contd. in comments]
Maybe I'm too generous, but I think the film is interesting. Lost River is a bizarre movie. The way the body is framed is the thing I loved the most. In this sense, Lost River has more similarities with Lynch, Noé and Grandrieux than Refn. Anyway, Debie's cinematography is stunning. The way some images are colored is so crazy.
Strange & striking this film was - Ryan Gosling makes his impressive directing debut about a family and the town they live in. It feels like nothing I've ever seen before, with its brilliant filmmaking & dark storytelling. Like a dream or nightmare beyond what we are used to seeiing. (I wonder how Gosling got interested into directing.)
A perfect example of style over substance defines Gosling's debut directorial feature. Visually the film is quite exhilarating clearly inspired by his work with Refn and quite reminiscent of films by Lynch, Mann and Korine. The undertone of a lost American dream and survival by degradation is interesting but mostly unrealized by a weak script with a lot of narrative dead ends. Cinematography is aces. So empty.
A modern fable set in a forsaken town with nightmare connotations and a strong sense of social responsibility. On the surface Lost River is a poignant story of good versus the banality of evil. A layer deeper, however, there is a fantastic and ever-so slightly surreal depiction of the struggles of the lower class. Gosling takes a brave - and successful - stance with his directorial debut.
To hell with all the naysayers. It might not have the most impressive plot, but it's impossible to deny the beauty of Gosling's directorial debut. He's influenced by directors he has worked with, but that's normal. I loved how the sadness, emptiness and feeling of loss were always present among all the neons and bright colours. A trippy and melancholic story with several iconic shots that just flashed before my eyes.