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First surreal teaser for Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Lost River

05.19.2014

Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, LOST RIVER, is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival this week and we have a look at the first clip/teaser for the fantasy film. Previously titled HOW TO CATCH A MONSTER, LOST RIVER stars MAD MEN'S Christina Hendricks, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Ian De Caestecker, DOCTOR WHO's Matt Smith, Eva Mendes, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn and Barbara Steele.

To this point, all we have known about the film was that it would be a fantasy and a brief synopsis:

LOST RIVER follows a single mother of two (Christina Hendricks) who finds herself in a dark underworld, while her son (Iain De Caestecker) stumbles upon a road that leads him to an underwater town.

Now, if you are familiar with the musical stylings of Ryan Gosling then you know he tends to skew his creativity in bizarre ways and this clip is no different. Virtually without dialogue aside from Matt Smtih chanting "look at my muscles", this teaser showcases De Caestecker exiting a tunnel with a duffel bag full of something as a flaming bicycle rolls past him. The rest is a montage of various things engulfed in flames as De Caestecker runs for his life.

Whatever is going on here, Gosling's dream-like visuals are certainly inspired by his time working with Nicolas Winding Refn, but will LOST RIVER be anywhere as accomplished as films like DRIVE or PUSHER? That remains to be seen. LOST RIVER currently has no release date, but with Gosling such a big name, expect an announcement of distribution to be made before the end of the Cannes Film Festival.

Source: Variety

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7:39AM on 05/20/2014
Oh great, now I'm going to have "look at my muscles, look at my muscles" in my head all day
Oh great, now I'm going to have "look at my muscles, look at my muscles" in my head all day
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3:26AM on 05/20/2014
It seems like he's going out of his way to make something weird, but I do like this cast.
It seems like he's going out of his way to make something weird, but I do like this cast.
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3:16AM on 05/20/2014
I looked at his muscles.
I looked at his muscles.
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1:04AM on 05/20/2014

Ehhhhh....

Not really sure what that was...it had some interesting visuals but it looked like it will either be "cool weird" like a Terry Gilliam film or "douchy weird" like a Vincent Gallo film with a bunch of nonsense thrown together to look artistic; Gosling seems like a thoughtful, intelligent guy so I'm hoping for the former. Surprised how bad ass Matt Smith looked with a shaved head, he reminded me of character out of a Trainspotting sequel. I think he could have a big career in front of him if he
Not really sure what that was...it had some interesting visuals but it looked like it will either be "cool weird" like a Terry Gilliam film or "douchy weird" like a Vincent Gallo film with a bunch of nonsense thrown together to look artistic; Gosling seems like a thoughtful, intelligent guy so I'm hoping for the former. Surprised how bad ass Matt Smith looked with a shaved head, he reminded me of character out of a Trainspotting sequel. I think he could have a big career in front of him if he can step out from the shadow of The Doctor and choose quality projects. Honestly I'll probably check this out VOD which will probably be the main avenue of it's release anyway.
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9:23PM on 05/19/2014
Wtf did I just watch?!
Wtf did I just watch?!
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9:12PM on 05/19/2014
Awesome teaser. If his directorial skills are half as great as his acting has been consistently, then we are in for a GREAT TIME. I mean he has had to have picked up some awesome tips and techniques while working on Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines, Drive, and Only God Forgives.
Awesome teaser. If his directorial skills are half as great as his acting has been consistently, then we are in for a GREAT TIME. I mean he has had to have picked up some awesome tips and techniques while working on Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines, Drive, and Only God Forgives.
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7:19PM on 05/19/2014
It intrigued me. Looks good!
It intrigued me. Looks good!
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5:45PM on 05/19/2014
this teaser did not entice me
this teaser did not entice me
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