Belfast Telegraph

Critics slam Gosling film at Cannes

Ryan Gosling has debuted as a film director at Cannes with Lost River, but critics have slammed the film.

The first screening of Drive actor Ryan's Lost River, which stars Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes and Matt Smith, played for one of the festival's most packed crowds.

It is a baroque fairy tale set in the ruins of Detroit, filmed with bold cinematography and a lurid, David Lynch-like atmosphere that tells the story of a single mother swept into a dark underworld while her teenage son discovers a road to an underwater town.

However, immediate reaction from critics was largely negative, with Variety's Scott Foundas calling it a "first-rate folie de grandeur," and the Telegraph's Robbie Collin dubbing it "dumb-foundingly poor."

Warner Bros. has not yet scheduled a release date for Lost River, which was previously titled How to Catch a Monster.

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