The premise of Lost River, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, is perhaps the oddest-sounding of any film in this year's Cannes line-up.
Amidst the backdrop of a vanishing city, Billy (Christina Hendricks), a single mother of two, is trying to make ends meet for her family. As she gets pulled into a grim underworld and begins working in a surreal fetish club, her son stumbles upon a secret path to an underwater city.
Gosling undertook a wide search to cast a lead for Lost River (formerly titled How To Catch A Monster), eventually settling on Scottish actor Iain De Caestecker, who played the male lead in two BBC series: BAFTA winning The Fades and Young James Herriot - and has also been cast as a series regular on the Joss Whedon series, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Oh yeah, and Matt Smith, in his first big post-Doctor Who role is quite something. See how this all comes together in the beautifully composed haunting dreamscape:
Anyone else getting Lynch vibes?
Based on the above video, Lost River looks like it could be an intriguing entry from someone who has a real vision and a consequential message for the average movie-goer. At this point, however, it's also possible that Gosling's directorial debut spirals into insincere, pseudo-substantial hogwash that is so convinced of its own value it fails to see that there is no actual core to the movie...
For now, I'm going with the former. What are your first impressions of Lost River? Hit me up with your thoughts in the comment section below!
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