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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Gosling gore film booed at Cannes

Ryan Gosling's gory new film Only God Forgives was booed at Cannes

Ryan Gosling's film Only God Forgives has been booed at Cannes because of extreme violence.

At a press screening of the film, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, some of the audience were so shocked by violent scenes they expressed their disgust vocally, according to Vulture.

A review by Vulture said: "When Gosling drags a guy across the hallway by his upper jaw, the audience cringed. When one painfully long torture sequence concluded with eye and ear mutilation, the audience revolted. 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, but the auditorium sure did."

Only God Forgives sees Ryan as a US fugitive running a Bangkok drugs racket, ordered to avenge the murder of his brother by his terrifying mother, played by Kristin Scott Thomas.

The Toronto Sun, which said that "boos rang out" at the screening, claimed gratuitous violence wasn't the film's only flaw.

According to the paper: "Only God Forgives left many in the auditorium wincing or unable to watch, although some lines sparked unintended laughter."

Refn and Ryan previously worked together on the similarly violent but critically acclaimed film Drive.

Ryan was not actually in Cannes as he is filming his directorial debut, How To Catch A Monster, in Detroit.

He sent the following statement to the film's press conference: "Can't believe I'm not In Cannes. I was hoping to come but I'm on week three shooting my film in Detroit. Miss you all. Nicolas, my friend, we really are the same persons in different dimensions. I'm sending you good vibrations."

Last year Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron's The Paperboy received some boos, as did Brad Pitt's The Tree Of Life in 2011.

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