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Nightmare or dream? Ryan Gosling fantasy debut divides Cannes

Published on May 21, 2014 3:08 AM

CANNES (AFP) - Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Gosling served up his hugely-anticipated directorial debut "Lost River" in Cannes Tuesday, a psychedelic fantasy with strong David Lynch echoes that had some critics screaming in pain and others singing his praise.

Journalists jostled with movie-buffs to get into the festival hall's plush movie theatre for what was one of the most eagerly awaited events of the Cannes Film Festival, and many ended up being turned away.

"Dumb-foundingly poor", "a first-rate folie de grandeur", "mesmerising", "impressive"... Critics could not make their mind up over the 33-year-old's sombre, visually-stunning picture set in a decaying American ghost town called Lost River.

"Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks stars as Billy, a single mother-of-two who works at a local striptease joint, desperately trying to make ends meet to keep her rundown, mortgaged home.

Canadian actor Ryan Gosling (R) and US actress Christina Hendricks arrive for the screening of the film Lost River at the 67th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France, on May 20, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
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