"Hilariously, the hottest ticket at Cannes was for Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River… which turned out to be not a good film. You realize that Ryan Gosling has seen a lot of movies and liked a lot of them and so about every minute or two you could identify some other famous director he was copying. It started off a bit like Terrence Malick and Harmony Korine. A few minutes later, it turned into David Lynch and then along the way, it turned into Nicholas Winding Refn, with whom Ryan Gosling has worked a lot and it was this big, bloody or fake bloody, apocalyptic crazy melodrama with bright colors and darkness and bullies and people murdering rats and all sorts of other stuff that would seem powerful if you were putting it together and if you were David Lynch…and so the discussion became: "Was this the worst film a director ever had premiered at Cannes?"
But it wasn’t. … In truth, he was trying to make a genuinely good movie, and I respect that impulse more than somebody cautiously making a small little movie that’s perfectly done for their first film.”
You can listen to the rest of John Powers’ recap of the festival here.
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