Ryan Gosling Lost River Movie Review: Cannes Reception

April 8, 2015 2:30 PM

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First came the boos, like an owl symphony, or a cattle crescendo. Then a smattering of defiant applause. Then the boos again. The antiphonal response could have gone on all afternoon, with catcalls winning in a landslide, but the critics at last year’s Cannes Film Festival had other movies to see. Suffice to say that Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River was the 2014 festival’s most enthusiastically derided entry. My longtime critical colleague and better half Mary Corliss, usually a temperate soul, jotted this observation in her notebook: “pretentious horseshit.”

Well, yes. But Lost River, which opens stateside April 10, merits a little sympathy. And Gosling, the Method-hunk star of such indie faves as Half Nelson, Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines, plus Hollywoodier fare like The Notebook, The Ides of March and Crazy, Stupid, Love, deserves some...

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