's latest movie, the highly stylized, über violent crime drama Only God Forgives, which stars , seems to have split critics at Cannes. The movie actually received a smattering of boos and walkouts when it screened at the festival last week. Indiewire caught up with the Danish director to talk about the movie and when talk turned to the negative audience reaction, Winding Refn admitted that not pleasing everybody is not always a bad thing:
I mean, how can I expect someone to not react like this when on one hand you are dropping what you do in everyone’s face and at the same time saying, “Love me, please,” you know? You’re going to get that. You know, great art — horrible thing to say — but art is meant to divide, because if it doesn't divide, it doesn't penetrate, and if it doesn't penetrate, you just consume it.
Considering that Taxi Driver also got booed at Cannes when it premiered, Winding Refn and Only God Forgives are in pretty good company.
I'm a big fan of Winding Refn's earlier work, especially Valhalla Rising and Drive. The director has a very particular directorial style that is visually stunning, deliberately slow passed but with flashes of extreme violence. Despite the critical reaction Only God Forgives received at Cannes, I will be first in line to catch it when it opens in theaters July 19th.
Will you guys be checking out the movie or is it not really your thing?