Boos rang out at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday for a blood-spattered revenge tale starring Ryan Gosling as a US fugitive running a Bangkok drugs racket and Kristin Scott Thomas as a cross between “Lady Macbeth and Donatella Versace.” Only God Forgives left many in the auditorium wincing or unable to watch, although some lines sparked unintentional laughter.
In one scene, Gosling’s character Julian tells his crime boss mother (Scott Thomas) that his brother Billy has raped and killed a 16-year-old girl. “I’m sure he had his reasons,” Scott Thomas replies, unrecognizable in long blond wig, fake eyelashes and garish clothes. Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn’s film is one of 20 in the race for the festival’s top Palme d’Or prize.
Though something tells us this movie might not win any awards based on the booing. Winding Refn defended his movie, saying he felt powerless to resist a compulsion to depict violence on screen. Guess we’ll see how this thing pans out.