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I don’t know what the critics are talking about. If this almost 4-minute long clip from Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Only God Forgives” is any indication, I’m going to love the crap out of this movie. I mean, seriously, there’s Kristen Scott Thomas having dinner with her son and his girlfriend and going on and on about how big her dead son’s penis was. It’s just awesome sauce. Anyhoo. Check out the Red Band clip from “Only God Forgives”. That’s Red Band for cussing and talks of penis envy and one horrified girlfriend. Julian (Ryan Gosling), a respected figure in the criminal underworld of Bangkok, runs a Thai boxing club and smuggling ring with his brother Billy. Billy is suddenly murdered and their crime lord matriarch, Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas) arrives from London to bring back the body. When Jenna forces Julian to settle »
Everything you think you know about Kristin Scott Thomas? Yeah, throw that away. Because Nicolas Winding Refn is about to make you see her very, very differently with this clip from Only God Forgives.Julian (Ryan Gosling), a respected figure in the criminal underworld of Bangkok, runs a Thai boxing club and smuggling ring with his brother Billy. Billy is suddenly murdered and their crime lord matriarch, Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas) arrives from London to bring back the body. When Crystal forces Julian to settle the score with his brother's killers, Julian finds himself in the ultimate showdown.Scott Thomas has quite the mouth on her in this clip so do be aware of who is in the immediate vicinity before hitting play. Check the clip below....
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The pop pleasure and genre subversion of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive was enough to bewitch the majority of its viewers, but beneath its surface sensations were some fundamental filmmaking issues. In his new film, which also stars Ryan Gosling in vapid-stare mode, everything that covered up the bullshit is gone, leaving a hollow core of Refn’s cinema exposed. With minimal dialogue, Refn relies on the strength of his visual prowess and the presence of his actors. However, both of those "qualities" are entirely lacking: Refn has an inability to construct coherent space, and his caricatural figures stare and curse and fight without resonating as anything beyond mannequins (and I don't mean this in an interesting way). Taking place almost entirely in seedy Thai clubs and dark street exteriors, Refn tries to paste an Oedipal allegory onto a Bangkok underworld aesthetic onto an existential mood piece. Gosling's brother is »
- Adam Cook
People are beginning to leave Cannes. Perhaps it's because they don't want to catch germs from Only God Forgives
Inside the Lumière theatre, a spectator is coughing. The coughing on one side sparks a response in the other and before long everyone appears to be at it and the whole place sounds like New Year's Eve at the TB sanatorium. I seem to remember the same thing happening last year; it's like some weird Cannes tradition. By this point of the festival, the delegates are breaking down.
Already the first cardboard boxes have appeared in the marche, the first sign that the sellers are packing up and moving on. The Salle Buñuel at the top of the Palais is more than half-empty for the late morning screening. It gives the place a morbid air. Logic tells me that these absentees can all be accounted for. They are off riding trains, »
- Xan Brooks
Nicolas Winding Refn gained something of a cult following after Drive, his previous team up with Ryan Gosling, and the film even gained the Danish filmmaker a number of fans who would most likely usually favour more mainstream fare. His and Gosling’s follow-up, Only God Forgives, has just premiered at Cannes, playing in Competition, but it seems unlikely that this collaboration will result in the same adoration that Drive has been treated to, or crossover success. Far more stylised, violent and obtuse than Drive, Only God Forgives is a return to some of the more abstract work found in Refn’s filmography, such as Valhalla Rising or Fear X.
This would be no bad thing if there was something to be found within the abstraction beyond some handsome production design and reasonably pleasing lighting, but Only God Forgives may just be the dumbest film Refn has ever made. Allowing »
- Craig Skinner
Cannes, France — To convince Kristin Scott Thomas to play the bloodthirsty matriarch of "Only God Forgives," director Nicolas Winding Refn appealed to Scott Thomas – how else? – with the flattery of his own mother.
"That's how he got me to do the film," Scott Thomas said in a beachside interview Wednesday. "He said, `You're my mother's favorite actress.' So I had to. It was a good trick."
It was an appropriate start for a disturbing portrait of a woman with, to say the least, harsh motherly instincts. In the Bangkok noir, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, Scott Thomas plays a mother demanding her surviving son (Ryan Gosling) avenge the murder of her other, more favored son (Tom Burke).
Title: Only God Forgives Director: Nicolas Winding Refn Starring: Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Vithaya Pansringarm, Tom Burke, Gordon Brown, Byron Gibson. Audiences were enamoured with the duo Refn-Gosling when the movie ‘Drive’ was released. But ‘Only God Forgives’ leads the director-actor alchemy to a losing streak. The crime thriller is set in Bangkok, where Julian (Ryan Gosling) runs a Thai boxing club as front organisation for his family’s drug smuggling operation, as he is forced by his Cruella De Vil mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), to find and kill the man responsible for the recent death of his brother Billy. Nicolas Winding Refn tries to mix the Tarantinian world with [ Read More ]
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- Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Only God Forgives, 2013.
Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.
Julian, a drug-smuggler thriving in Bangkok's criminal underworld, sees his life get even more complicated when his mother compels him to find and kill whoever is responsible for his brother's recent death.
Nicolas Winding Refn's eagerly anticipated Only God Forgives tells the story of an American outlaw Julian (Ryan Gosling) holed up in a Bangkok boxing club run by his brother Billy (Tom Burke). But Billy is a psychopath, whose pleasure is sex with young girls and acts of extreme violence. When Billy goes a step too far, murdering a 16-year-old prostitute, the police chief involved in the case, inspector Chang (Vithaya Pansringam), allows the girl's father to mete out his own justice. It is then up to Chang to deliver his own brand of punishment »
- Flickering Myth
Expectations here in Cannes were high—or at least semi-high—for Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives, in which Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling play a mother-son duo with what might politely be called unresolved issues. Gosling's Julian has always played second fiddle to his older brother, Billy (Tom Burke)—the two of them live in Bangkok where, we learn, they assist mom in a drug-smuggling operation. One day Billy up and decides to murder an underage prostitute; he's subsequently killed at the behest of a police officer. Scott Thomas—who, in her pink lipstick and flossy blond dye job, looks a little like a really tall Kristen Chenoweth, one who hasn't been sucking helium—flies into town in a rage, seeking revenge on the person or peo »
It may not win the Palme D'Or, but it could win the Walkout D'Or, a gold trophy of a cinema-seat banged up into the upright position. Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives is a glitteringly strange, mesmeric and mad film set among American criminal expatriates in Bangkok.
It is ultraviolent, creepy and scary, an enriched-uranium cake of pulp, with a neon sheen. The first scenes made me think that Wong Kar-wai had made a new film called In the Mood for Fear or In the Mood for Hate.
Ryan Gosling plays Julian, the co-owner of a Muay Thai boxing club with his brother Billy (Tom Burke): an operation which is a front for selling drugs. Both brothers are naturally angry and violent, though in keeping his feelings in check, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Two sounds provided the keynote of the first screening of Nicolas Winding Refn's follow-up to Drive: the screams of characters being subjected to grotesque acts of dismemberment and torture, and the slap of seats springing upright as members of the press walked out of the grandest cinema at the Cannes film festival. One American woman exclaimed loudly as she exited: "This is shit."
Even its British co-star, Kristin Scott Thomas, said: "Films where this kind of violence happens I don't enjoy watching at all" and joked that as the film was made "it got more and more despicable". But its director, Nicolas Winding Refn, said that he approached filmmaking "like a pornographer: it's about what arouses me. Certain things turn me on more than other stuff and I can't suppress that. »
- Charlotte Higgins
Only God Forgives was reportedly booed at the Cannes Film Festival today (May 22).
However, Vulture has since reported that the film was even booed by critics due to the extreme violence portrayed in the movie.
He added later: "When one character stuck his hand inside a woman's slashed body, the audience locked and loaded its boos. Gosling doesn't have much to say in this movie, »
Arguably the most anticipated film of this year’s Cannes Film Festival is one that on the face of it, though In Competition, has little chance of scooping the Palme D’Or by virtue of subject matter alone. Only God Forgives, the latest film from Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, follows the filmmaker’s hugely popular 2011 Cannes In Competition entry Drive (which scooped Refn the Best Director award), yet is a baffling follow-up that evoked strongly divided responses at this morning’s jam-packed press screening. Julian (Ryan Gosling) is an American living in Bangkok, Thailand, exiled from the States after committing a heinous act of violence. His boxing club is a merely a guise for a drug trade, part of a criminal organisation fronted by his hot-headed mother, Crystal (Kristin Scott Thomas). When Julian’s brother Billy (Tom Burke) winds up dead after brutally murdering a prostitute, Crystal demands that Julian find the killer and bring her »
- Shaun Munro
A few days ago the talk of the Cannes Film Festival was the brilliance of the Coen brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis". Earlier this week there were raves all around for Steven Soderbergh's "Behind the Candelabra". J.C. Chandor's near dialogue-free Robert Redford survival drama "All is Lost" has also scored good nods.
Over the past 24 hours or so, the buzz has all been about "Only God Forgives," the re-teaming of "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn and actor Ryan Gosling. That reaction, however, has been less enthusiastic.
Variety reports that the Bangkok-set, in competition, hyperviolent thriller scored boos at its press screening. Said boos were countered by scattered applause and defiant shouts of "Bravo!".
Reviews for the film consistently praise Kristin Scott Thomas' turn and the film's stylistic look, but have decried it as an exercise in pure style and no substance.
The result has been fairly mixed reviews overall, »
- Garth Franklin
Nicholas Winding Refn.s Only God Forgives was one of the most anticipated movies screening at the Cannes Film Festival this year, as many who were moved by the director.s collaboration with leading man Ryan Gosling on Drive were excited to see what they.d do next. Then it screened . and the reactions weren.t pretty. We.ll get to those in a second, but first, Crave Online serves up a lengthy exclusive clip that.s very Nsfw thanks to Kristin Scott Thomas. brutal choices for dinner conversation. See what happens above. The above clip kind of sums up everything critics in Cannes have been saying about Refn.s latest. It.s slow moving; it.s dominated by Scott Thomas, who chews the scenery in the vile role of a vengeful mother; and it features a brooding Gosling doing very little . and very little different from what he did »
I've found myself in the middle of a few awkward dinner conversations in my life, but nothing compared to what you're about to watch in this new restricted clip from Nicolas Winding Refn's Only God Forgives. There's no action in this scene, but it's still insane and vulgar. Kristin Scott Thomas plays a pretty terrible mother.
Ryan Gosling plays Julian in the film, a former kickboxer and gangster living in Bangkok. When his brother is murdered by a ruthless Thai police lieutenant, Julian is forced to seek vengeance or risk his own death.
The movie also stars Vithaya Pansringarm, and it comes out in theaters on May 23rd. The movie recently premiered at Cannes, and from the reviews I've read it's going to be just as awesomely crazy as we're hoping it will be.
Watch the clip and let us know if you've had an equally as awkward or worse dinner experience. »
- Joey Paur
Only God Forgives has debuted a new clip.
Watch the clip below (Warning: Contains explicit content):
The film centres around retired boxer and gangster Julian living in Bangkok. When his brother is killed by the Thai police, his mother demands that he seek vengeance.
Scott Thomas has admitted that the film is "really not [her] thing".
The violent movie - which reunites Drive director Refn with his star Gosling - divided critics when it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this morning.
Only God Forgives will arrive in Us cinemas on July 19 and in the UK on August 2.
A silent Ryan Gosling bathes in the verbal abuse of his onscreen mother, played by Kristin Scott Thomas, in an extend red band clip from Only God Forgives, which helps set up the tumultuous relationship between the two with this new thriller from Nicolas Winding Refn. Watch as Crystal chastises Julian and his new girlfriend in the wake of her oldest son's death, before goading her youngest into seeking revenge. We also have a couple of posters for you to check out, the first of which is fan made.
Only God Forgives - I Have Lost My First Son
Only God Forgives comes to theaters July 19th, 2013 and stars Ryan Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Burke, Vithaya Pansringarm, Byron Gibson, Sahajak Boonthanakit, Gordon Brown, Joe Cummings. The film is directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. »
The last time Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn went to Cannes together, they brought "Drive," the movie that won the director's prize at the festival and found a avid fan base in the states—and one person who was expecting a "Fast and Furious" rip-off.
They returned this year with the similarly stylish and violent "Only God Forgives." The trailers and clips have had "Drive" fans eager to see what would come next from the star and director duo, but the early reviews out of Cannes aren't as kind as they were for their last effort. While, "Only God Forgives" certainly has its fans, this may not be the movie that "Drive" fans were hoping for.
Read what the critics are saying after the jump!
"While many will surely argue that this is all at the expense of story, there is enough of one here to keep things moving, »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
"Only God Forgives" was unveiled Wednesday morning to the most divisive response at the Cannes festival thus far, and even with the smattering of boos and walkouts we’d hazard a guess that Nicolas Winding Refn couldn’t be more delighted by the reception. As empty, soulless, frenziedly art-directed viewing experiences go, "Only God Forgives" is one of the better examples. At the press conference following the screening, the Danish filmmaker expounded on his ultra-violent, hyper-stylized follow-up to "Drive," which features dismemberments, torture, eye gouging, Kristin Scott Thomas as a trashy, bestial, peroxide-wigged mother who calls her son’s female companion a “cum dumpster” and Gosling as a vaguely sketched mean machine operating in a seedy Thai underworld who makes the "Driver" look like a motormouth. Winding Refn happily admitted to approaching filmmaking “like a pornographer: it’s about what arouses me. Certain things turn me on more than other »
- Matt Mueller
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