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Lost River (2014)

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



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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Billy
... Bones
... Rat
... Bully
... Dave
... Cat
... Cab Driver
... Grandma
Landyn Stewart ... Franky
... MC
... Fanny
... Face
Misty Robinette ... Misty
Holly Schlegel ... Holly
Thomas McDonald ... Skip (as ''Skip' Thomas Pierre McDonald')


"Lost River" 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 Casestecker) 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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Official Sites:

Official site | Official site [Japan] |  »



Release Date:

10 April 2015 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

How to Catch a Monster  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,828, 12 April 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$43,282, 26 April 2015
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


During a Q&A with Guillermo Del Toro during 2014's SXSW, Ryan Gosling jokingly called girlfriend Eva Mendes his "unpaid intern," noting she contributed to the script, as well as helped buy and make costumes, but refused to accept credit for her contribution. 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 Barry Lyndon (1975) See more »


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Written by Johnny Jewel
Performed by Johnny Jewel, Johnny Jewel featuring Saoirse Ronan
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Each scene is like a painting
20 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

I really wasn't sure about this to start with, but I rented it, so I stuck with it to get my £3.99 worth. I am so glad I did. The pace is slow to begin with, and it's hard to like any of the characters in the beginning. But as it unfolds you become intrigued by the relationships the characters have, and you see a part of yourself in each of them, even if their plight is so different from ones own. The thing I found so amazing about it was that every single shot was so well considered- the composition and colour. It is reminiscent of David Lynch in places, showing the darkness of human nature in such a beautifully shot way. It really was like a moving painting. This film should not be compared to other films of this genre. The film making was very mature and considered, and I truly view this as a work of art. I liked how in parts, the acting was very raw, like watching a documentary rather than a 'movie'. And I am not sure what it has left me with- Sometimes when I watch a film, I want to know more about the characters and what becomes of them when the credits roll. I didn't want to know more. I was content with having seen the journey they made and where we left them. I was very cynical, 'a Hollywood star steps behind the camera' - we have heard it before. But if this was his debut film as a director, then I think there are amazing things to follow and he should stay behind the camera.

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