Ryan Gosling in the red band trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives.

Julian is a respected figure in Bangkok’s criminal underworld. He and his brother Billy run a Thai boxing club which is in fact a front for smuggling drugs to London. When Billy is murdered, their mother Jenna arrives from London to bring back the body. Jenna is herself the head of a powerful criminal organization and is used to getting exactly what she wants. She sets out to settle the score along a bloody path of rage, betrayal, and vengeance, hurtling toward an ultimate confrontation and the possibility of redemption.

Ryan Gosling … Julien
Kristin Scott Thomas … Jenna
Tom Burke … Billy

/Writer/Director … Nicolas Winding Refn
Original Music … Cliff Martinez
Cinematographer … Larry Smith
Film Editor …. Matthew Newman

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  • Bryce Forestieri

    As expected and from this trailer I can say that this is not awards material, at least not Academy Awards

  • steve50

    Refn+Gosling+Scott Thomas (and those visuals) – love it.

    Probably not Oscar-friendly, but screw the Oscars when you have this combination.

  • Bryce Forestieri

    totally OT: Jeremy Iron’s has a major meltdown. Now he either apologizes and does some sort of “service” or GLAAD will handle his asshole.


  • Jordan

    Kristin Scott Thomas’ role looks pretty juicy. It’s sad to see how Hollywood has disowned her and that she’s had to go to France to get good roles. I think this could net her an Oscar nomination.

  • CMG

    That felt a little indulgent and actually not too gruesome for a red band trailer. The trailer is very Refn, which by now I feel more people know his game after Bronson and Drive that they do not have to hide this like in Drive’s notorious vroom-vroom advertising.

    Less said by Gosling the better. I just am interested in seeing how believable he is in a really physical performance.

    And Kristen Scott Thomas is out to lunch in this role it seems. She may be what gets me immediately into the theater to watch this.

  • I’m in.

    I loved “Drive”. It looks like this second attempt will be worthwhile as well. It is on my “must see” list, that’s for sure.

    I noted the director used the same film editor and composer from “Drive”. I like it when directors are loyal to (and rehire!) the people who help create his/her visions.

    Having said that, I wonder why the director didn’t use the same ccinematographer (Newton Thomas Sigel) from “Drive”?

  • glimmer

    maybe this could go on the list of un oscar films/alt oscars films or whatever was the proposed name for it. sasha/ryan joked they’d do this during the season to give play to some films that didn’t fit the oscar scheme of things or less likely to get an oscar push.

  • Bryce Forestieri

    seriously, that project needs traction.

  • Sally

    Gosling is stepping out of the safe box and doing “award-worthy” work in indies. No problem from me.

  • Mik

    Dont see how that is a meltdown. Sounds more just like he’s got some misinformed ideas. He isnt being judgemental, he’s just pondering something stupid.

  • He isnt being judgemental, he’s just pondering something stupid.

    He’s doing more than pondering. He says repeatedly that he’s Worried. People ‘worry’ about things they fear.

  • Bryce Forestieri

    Nah I stand by meltdown. Either that or he’s full-on method and in character as Pope Alexander VI. Similar to but less hilarious than David Brooks’ meltdown a couple of days ago in The New York Times.

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  • glimmer

    it would look pretty nice on the side bar. πŸ™‚

  • steve50

    KST is the type of actor who won’t be kept in a box or repeat the same role, so I think the move back was probably hers. As a result, she consistently turns out great performances in roles that simply don’t exist in Hollywood. She’s in it for the long run, thank god.

  • AD

    Kind of hypocritical from someone who is pretty famous for having an open marriage with his wife. Great actor but should just shut up.

  • tr

    Blue Valentine, Place Beyond the Pines, Half Nelson, Lars and the Real Girl…all award-worthy work.

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  • Movieram

    Looks a little pretentious to me. We’ll see.

    Kristin Scott Thomas looks almost unrecognizable. I am looking forward to seeing her performance.

  • The Academy seems to have misplaced Kristin Scott Thomas’ Oscar. And she wants it back.

  • the ghost of easter

    Am i the only one who is kind of annoyed by the fact that it will be released by Weinsteins VOD-company… I have nothing against VOD, but would just hate it if it means that i will not even get the chance to see one of my most anticipated movies on the big screen….

  • he will win actor at cannes. good chance he will.

    flying Air France to Africa twice last year…I must have watched Drive 7 or eight times.

  • tr

    Beg your pardon? When I say “awards-worthy,” I mean nominations of course. Though I do think he should’ve won an Oscar for Blue Valentine.

  • tr

    No way this is only released straight to video.

  • irene

    Looks pretentious to me too, but we will see.

    Has a movie, every movie, just to be considered as a possible Oscar or Golden Globe (or any other award) nominated or winner? Why? Most of the times, the best movies aren’t even considered for the awards.

  • Natasha

    Looks like Drive, Part 2. I’m not sure whether this is a good or bad thing……and Drive is a really terrific film.

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