‘Only God Forgives’ shot on location in Bangkok,Thailand opens in the US this week. The film stars a peroxide blonde, chain-smoking Kristin Scott-Thomas as a mother seeking revenge for the death of her son.
Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling reunites with Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn after his star turn in thriller ‘Drive’ and describes what attracted him to the role of Julian, the son who must avenge his brother’s death.
“It’s not like a traditional character with a… I mean he has no past really, no future. It’s not something you can really do the same kind of research you would do for a regular role. It’s more of a vehicle for the audience to experience this world that Nicolas (Winding Refn) was creating,” he explains.
The film sharply divided critics at its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival for its excessive violence. British actress Kristin Scott-Thomas, who plays vindictive mother Crystal, explained the film is far from being simple summer blockbuster fare.
“Actually I don’t think it’s a question of liking in this film. I think you either go on that journey or you don’t go on that journey. To be part of a project like this is a thrill because there aren’t many… a lot of things tend to please everybody to make the most money, but this is different,” she said.
Reactions at Cannes ranged from booing and walkouts to praising the visually arresting aesthetic, described as a triumph of style over substance. Following such a divisive reception what lessons had the director learned?
“What did I learn”, says director Refn pondering the question. “Not a whole lot other than just don’t worry about other people’s opinions of you,” he stated blankly.
You can see for yourself whether the gore is gratuitous and graphic or merited and illustrative as ‘Only God Forgives’ continues its international release throughout July and August.