A single mother is swept into a dark underworld, while her teenage son discovers a road that leads him to a secret underwater town.


Ryan Gosling


Ryan Gosling
3 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Christina Hendricks ... Billy
Iain De Caestecker ... Bones
Saoirse Ronan ... Rat
Matt Smith ... Bully
Ben Mendelsohn ... Dave
Eva Mendes ... Cat
Reda Kateb ... Cab Driver
Barbara Steele ... Grandma
Landyn Stewart Landyn Stewart ... Franky
Rob Zabrecky ... MC
Shannon Plumb ... Fanny
Torrey Wigfield ... Face
Misty Robinette Misty Robinette ... Misty
Holly Schlegel Holly Schlegel ... Holly
Thomas McDonald Thomas McDonald ... Skip (as ''Skip' Thomas Pierre McDonald')


This movie is a dark fairy tale about love, family, and the fight for survival in the face of danger. In the virtually abandoned city of Lost River, Billy ( Christina Hendricks ), a single mother of two, is led into a macabre underworld in her quest to save her childhood home and hold her family together. Her teenage son Bones ( Iain De Caestecker ) discovers a mystery about the origins of Lost River that triggers his curiosity and sets into motion an unexpected journey that will test his limits and the limits of those he loves. Written by Warner Bros Home Entertainment

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent images, language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Thomas McDonald (Skip) was a real-life resident of the now sparsely populated shooting location in Detroit, Michigan. See more »


Bones tries to sell copper tubing he scrapped from a house to a scrap metal collector for $100. Copper only goes for about $2.00 a pound so he really wouldn't have gotten much more than that. However, Bones says to the collector, "There's about a hundred dollars worth in the bag!" He's not referring to the single pipe which he pulls out and hands to the collector; he's referring to the bag's entire contents. Given the size of the bag, and the amount he stuffed in there, it's conceivable that he has roughly 50 lbs. of scrap copper to sell. See more »


[first lines]
Franky: [Franky walks out of his house mumbling to himself] I'm gonna have some soup. I'm gonna go eat dinner. Come on, I just wanna eat dinner.
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Crazy Credits

There is a short scene after the credits in which the street lights switch off again. See more »


References Enter the Void (2009) See more »


Written and performed by Johnny Jewel
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Beautifully Twisted
12 February 2016 | by colleen-wuertzSee all my reviews

My interest in this film was piqued from the moment I saw the teaser trailer, though admittedly there wasn't much to the trailer. Unfortunately, it took me a few years to get around to finally watch it.

I've always been curious to see how actors shape up when they decide to venture into other areas of the industry like writing or directing, and I was pleasantly surprised with Ryan Gosling's debut. I wasn't ready for the journey that I was about to embark on into a world rooted in both reality and fantasy. Going into this experience I already knew about the mixed reviews but I'm always willing to give a film a chance before I arrive at a verdict myself.

Single mom Billy, struggles to keep possession of her family home nestled along a street sparsely populated by dilapidated homes. Her teenage son Bones tries to support her and his younger brother Frankie by scavenging and selling copper from abandoned buildings while trying to evade Bully, the resident psychopath. After a few run ins with Bully, Bones finds himself in a mess of trouble he isn't sure how to get out of. Soon after his run-in with Bully, Bones begins to spend time with the girl next door, Rat, who tells him of a curse that has been cast on the town of Lost River. In an attempt to pay off her debt, Billy takes a job at the recommendation of her banker Dave at an eccentric, underground club and from here the story is propelled into madness.

I won't go into the film much further, but each minute I felt like I was falling deeper into this fairytale world as the story unraveled. I particularly fell in love with the cinematography; the abandoned buildings, the city lights, the decay, they all lent to the overall tone of the film. It's alluring and dark. The music is haunting as well, with Saoirse Ronan lending her vocals to one of the songs earlier in the film. I think what particularly drew me in was the simplicity; this is a film that makes you think and can confuse you at times, and from what I've read that's one of the main things people detest about it. I like the idea of watching a film multiple times and picking up new themes or meanings with each watch, it's clever.

At times I wondered if there was a point to all of the weirdness and chaos I was watching, but this is one of those films you can't think about too much. I commend Ryan Gosling for taking a vision he had after visiting Detroit and turning it into something he was proud to put his name on. He cast people he respected and admired, and at times he let the actors and the environment take control. I'd like to see more actors, writers, and directors stand behind a vision they believe in even if they know it might not help them earn the most money or acclaim. I seem to take well to films critics hate, but of course everything is just a matter of opinion when you really think about it.

The Verdict: I give this a 7/10. My advice would be to give the film a shot, you're either going to love it or be completely frustrated and confused by it.

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Release Date:

10 April 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Catch a Monster See more »

Filming Locations:

Detroit, Michigan, USA


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,828, 12 April 2015

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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