Only God Forgives Scores Boos At Cannes

A few days ago the talk of the Cannes Film Festival was the brilliance of the Coen brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis”. Earlier this week there were raves all around for Steven Soderbergh’s “Behind the Candelabra”. J.C. Chandor’s near dialogue-free Robert Redford survival drama “All is Lost” has also scored good nods.

Over the past 24 hours or so, the buzz has all been about “Only God Forgives,” the re-teaming of “Drive” director Nicolas Winding Refn and actor Ryan Gosling. That reaction, however, has been less enthusiastic.

Variety reports that the Bangkok-set, in competition, hyperviolent thriller scored boos at its press screening. Said boos were countered by scattered applause and defiant shouts of “Bravo!”.

Reviews for the film consistently praise Kristin Scott Thomas’ turn and the film’s stylistic look, but have decried it as an exercise in pure style and no substance.

The result has been fairly mixed reviews overall, with Gosling’s “near-catatonic” hero (he has just 17 lines in the entire film) coping quite a bit of flack. Nevertheless, the film remains a highly anticipated one for art house fans.

‘God’ is currently scheduled for a theatrical and VOD same day release in the U.S. on July 19th.