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Watch: Three New Neon-Soaked, NSFW Clips For Nicolas Winding Refn's 'Only God Forgives'

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by Oliver Lyttelton
May 19, 2013 12:02 PM
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Only God Forgives, Refn, Gosling

"Bling Ring," "The Past" and "Inside Llewyn Davis" might be out of the way, but there's still many highly anticipated Cannes movies to show in the next week. And perhaps most eagerly awaited among them; "Only God Forgives." This time two years ago saw "Pusher" and "Bronson" helmer Nicolas Winding Refn move up to the big leagues with his acclaimed pulp crime tale "Drive," and he's reunited with his star Ryan Gosling for his new film, a Bangkok-set spiritual sequel that promises to be even more brutal than its predecessor.

Three new clips from the film have arrived over at The Film Stage, and they follow the trend of glimpses from the film so far by focusing on one of the most promising elements: Kristin Scott Thomas, playing wildly against type as Jenna, the mother of Gosling's Julian, who comes to Bangkok to mastermind vengeance against Chang, the retired cop who killed her other son. The first two clips feature Scott Thomas in action, and she continues to be wildly entertaining as a sort of underworld Lucille Bluth, while the third, shorter snippet features Gosling going head to head with Chang (Vithaya Pansringarm). It continues to look very strong indeed, and we'll find out how the whole matches up when "Only God Forgives" premieres on Wednesday morning, with our review set to follow soon after.


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28 Comments

  • GERARD KENNELLY | May 20, 2013 10:18 AMReply

    movies from last years CANNES FILM FEST
    how many have you seen ?

    MOONRISE KINGDOM
    RUST AND BONE
    HOLY MOTORS
    COSMOPOLIS
    THE PAPERBOY
    KILLING THEM SOFTLY
    LAWLESS
    AMOUR
    LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE
    THE ANGELS SHARE
    BEYOND THE HILLS
    MUD
    ON THE ROAD
    THE HUNT (mads mikilsen)
    GIMME THE LOOT
    BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
    DARIO'S ARGENTO DRACULA
    THE SAPPHIRES
    MANIAC (elijah wood)
    ROOM 237
    DANGEROUS LIAISIONS
    NO
    SIGHTSEERS
    J'ENRAGE DE SON ABSENCE (william hurt)
    BROKEN (cillian murphy)

  • Thai Cineaste | May 20, 2013 8:23 AMReply

    Hey Washington. It's a bit comical to see you defend Gosling so vehemently by keep citing McQueen as comparison. McQueen was a very limited actor and McQueen himself knew it. Gosling has got more range than McQueen for sure.(i don't think he would appreciate your comparison) And i'm looking forward to see Gosling choosing interesting projects/roles in the future.
    BUT
    The reason so many thinking people thought Only God Forgives won't live up to the hype (judging from the clips so far)have more to do with the writing (yeah i've read the script and found it wanting), the tempo, pacing and the direction.

    Drive was nothing new or groundbreaking in any sense. It was an okay movie with nice cinematography and soundtrack. The best acting in it wasn't Gosling but the Oscar Isaac character.

    Anyone who thinks Drive is a pinnacle of great cinema or such a cool/badass film or whatever, clearly hasn't watched/studied that many films that came before it.

  • Washington | May 20, 2013 7:10 PM

    "Anyone who thinks Drive is a pinnacle of great cinema or such a cool/badass film or whatever, clearly hasn't watched/studied that many films that came before it."

    Good thing nobody actually said that was the case?

  • Michael M | May 20, 2013 11:30 AM

    Well in retrospect he isn't a Bergman, Griffith, Godard, Scorsese, Kurosawa etc. but that isn't really a fair comparison to make now is it? At 42 years old Refn is an amazing filmmaker with an intellectual, refined and fiercely virtuosic directorial style. His proficiency as a filmmaker lies in his ability to convey a wide range of emotional impact through the sublime. For what its worth, I would easily consider Drive a modern cinematic masterpiece based on individual merits such as production limitations, cast, cinematography, diegesis, structure, universe, etc. It launched him to international stardom, and cemented his career.

  • sd | May 20, 2013 10:09 AM

    I think Peter Travers and Roger Ebert know/knew their fair share of film.. Probably a lot more than your, my dear

  • lile | May 20, 2013 6:27 AMReply

    Gosling had always been a serious force to be reckoned with. Give The Believer, Half Nelson, Blue Valentine, and The Ides of March a shot as well. Americans love trashing talented people

  • GERARD KENNELLY | May 20, 2013 10:21 AM

    he is amazing

    The Place Beyond The Pines --real lonely

    Drive --scary quiet

    Lars And The Real Girl --sad adorable

    Blue Valentine --angry selfish

    The Believer --clever shocking

    Half Nelson --funny brave

  • Washington | May 20, 2013 7:16 AM

    And even if it were actually true that he's just a "mumbling moody quiet tough guy" so what? McQueen made a whole career out of it. If the roles were all as good as Drive and Only God Forgives who gives a shit?

  • asdf | May 20, 2013 5:07 AMReply

    People criticizing Ryan gosling for being expressionless have no Idea what they are talking about. First of all its not expressionless, its communicating without words and those who really listen can understand, secondly, He has only done those kinda roles in Drive, a little bit in place beyond the pines and may be this movie. watch, Ides of march,Crazy stupid love, Half nelson, Lars and the real girl, Fracture, all extremely different characters. any normal person can recognize this actors range. well some still wont and Im sorry for them.

  • Washington | May 20, 2013 5:25 AM

    Yeah I have no clue what these people are talking about but it comes up every single article about this movie. I think they're really huge fans of The Notebook who just want him to stop smashing dudes heads in movies or something.

  • Dis Guy | May 20, 2013 1:32 AMReply

    Don't know why but watching these clips just gave me a sudden urge to watch Chocolate.

  • Thai Cineaste | May 20, 2013 12:30 AMReply

    Oh boy. This TV soap is gonna TANK.....hard.

  • Washington | May 20, 2013 12:41 AM

    ok

  • Lou | May 19, 2013 3:56 PMReply

    Actually, Adam, that is not what actors are supposed to do. They should communicate emotions. Otherwise people with facial paralysis and/or aphasia would be the ideal interpreters.

  • Noah | May 19, 2013 7:55 PM

    Right, because all characters are exactly the same and should be played in exactly the same way.

  • Washington | May 19, 2013 4:30 PM

    I'm just glad not everybody does it the way Lou thinks it ought to be done.

  • k | May 19, 2013 3:33 PMReply

    Sick of his quiet, no emotion acting? Watch Half Nelson... should clear that up for you

  • lile | May 20, 2013 5:23 AM

    Yeh! I am sick of people saying that. And the only Ryan Gosling movie they know is Drive.

  • sd | May 19, 2013 1:32 PMReply

    Listen to the soundtrack here:

    amazon.fr/gp/recsradio/radio/B00CJIBC1W/ref=pd_krex_dp_a

  • GERARD KENNELLY | May 20, 2013 10:24 AM

    read the script here:

    http://www.mediafire dot com/view/?ni15n668i8a65hk

  • 0_0 | May 19, 2013 4:28 PM

    sounds amazing, makes me want to see the movie even more!

  • andrew | May 19, 2013 12:35 PMReply

    Frack yes. Cannot wait for this flick.

  • Oogle monster | May 19, 2013 12:19 PMReply

    Holy crap that first still- KST at the hotel- reminded me of Mavis in Young Adult checking in the hotel. Hahahaha. Totally weird. Also, am I the only one who is slightly getting sick of Gosling's whole lost-boy face/mute acting?

  • - | May 19, 2013 5:09 PM

    He's hardly mute in the particularly heavy scenes in Drive, which I assume you're also referring to.

  • Washington | May 19, 2013 3:25 PM

    What the hell. He's done it for like two fucking movies by the same director but I keep seeing people saying it's "getting old." Did everybody complain about Steve McQueen's quiet moody tough guy acting nonstop back when?

  • Louise | May 19, 2013 2:48 PM

    No, Oogle Monster. You are not the only one. Check the video on his acting range in Funny or Die.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | May 19, 2013 2:15 PM

    I don't know...

    His face often works like a blank canvas -- in a good way. You can project whatever you want onto that face. Or let it remain a cypher. What's he thinking? What's he planning? What's he going to do in the next five seconds?

    I admire Refn for his extensive use of still, quiet moments and held looks between characters with oceanic gaps in dialogue. Gosling's a perfect instrument for that. I wish more "auteurs" would try it.

  • DG | May 19, 2013 1:11 PM

    On paper yes, it's getting old, but really I have to admit I love his recent string of movies (sans Gangster Squad of course). TBH I'm looking forward to this movie so much he could have his mouth duct taped shut and it would still be good. Hopefully after this though he'll do something with a different sort of character and actually have lines, though his next movie is a Terrence Malik film that doesn't have a script so actually maybe not

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