Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, 'Lost River,' booed at Cannes

By Annie Martin   |   May 20, 2014 at 4:19 PM   |   Comments

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CANNES, France, May 20 (UPI) -- Ryan Gosling's Lost River received polarizing reviews Tuesday at Cannes.

The film marks the 33-year-old actor's directorial debut, and his effort was met with a chorus of loud boos that reportedly drowned out the applause.

Lost River stars Christina Hendricks as a single mother named Billy who takes a job at a nightmarish burlesque theater in order to pay her bills. Meanwhile, her son, Bones (Iain De Caestecker), befriends a girl named Rat (Saoirse Ronan) after he discovers a road to an underwater town.

Gosling touts his film as having a "surreal" and "dark fairy tale quality" on the Cannes website. He intended the film to follow an "arc from dream to nightmare" as the characters live "in a reality that bordered on fantasy."

Positive responses from critics focused on the movie's visuals and imagery. Many comparisons were made to directors David Lynch and Nicolas Winding Refn, who directed Gosling in Drive and Only God Forgives.

Others responses were less complimentary.

A clip from the movie was released shortly after its debut. Gosling will next appear in an as-of-yet untitled Terrence Malick film.

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