Starring Gosling, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Vithaya Pansringarm, Only God Forgives is a shot to the arm of pure id Refn. He employs the close-fisted anxious aggression of his pre-Drive days while taking his visual cues from a post-Drive world, completely blanketing us in the violent underbelly of Bangkok and putting a sword to our throat. Although the film is riddled with silence and languidly glides through darkened moments, Refn manages to hold us captive with his always-present sense of ecstatic desire. He plays on the dichotomy of what’s in and out of frame as well as what we do and not know is stirring in the characters’ psyche. It’s a film that warrants multiple viewings, but only because there’s a real pleasure in the experience of disappearing into his neon dreams and bloody obsessions, and as he says: that’s where the fun is.
Back in June of 2010 I told Refn that I heard he was making a “western set in Bangkok,” to which he seemed hesitant to respond: “Yes, I am doing that, but first I’m going to Los Angeles and doing a movie called Drive with Ryan Gosling.” Well, I guess we all know how these plans panned out.
Director Laurent Duroche has created NWR, a documentary about director Nicolas Winding Refn.
NWR involves himself a lot in this documentary. He told us about his work’s paradoxes and hidden sides, about his relationship with his family whom he seems to love deeply even if he may have depicted it in an ambiguous way. We have met NWR during the presentation of DRIVE in Cannes, we followed him back to Copenhagen and we’ll soon leave with him to Bangkok where he will direct his next movie ONLY GOD FORGIVES starring Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Gosling. The interviewees: Nicholas Refn / Ryan Gosling / Mads Mikkelsen / Liv Corfixen his wife / his family / Gaspar Noé / Alejandro Jodorowsky / the journalists Philippe Rouyer (Positif) , Cédric Delelée (Mad Movies) , Fausto Fasulo (Mad Movies)