“What the hell did I just see?” seemed to be the general reaction on the Croisette when Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut “Lost River” played Un Certain Regard last May. Watch the bizarre, and quite beautiful, new international trailer below. (Hat tip: The Film Stage.)
Well, it finally sees the light of day or something like it on April 10, 2015 with a day-and-date limited release from Warner Bros. — following a March screening at SXSW in Austin. Originally titled “How to Catch a Monster,” the film is partially set in an underwater city, and stars Matt Smith, Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan, Eva Mendes and Ben Mendelsohn as denizens of ruination — images of time-ravaged Detroit permeate this “film maudit crapocalypse” in which Ryan Gosling firmly sheds his sweet side.
Even before Cannes reviews hit, the film ignited a firestorm on Twitter. Anne Thompson liked it, tweeting “Impressive impressionistic well-wrought debut for #RyanGosling,” likening the film’s hellish, dreamlike qualities to the work of David Lynch — a director from whom so many contemporary filmmakers crib with abandon.