Lost River, Ryan Gosling’s critically panned directorial debut, is getting a limited U.S. theatrical release in New York and Los Angeles in April 2015. Lost River debuted at the Cannes International Film Festival this past year, where it was not received well.
The Hollywood Reporter‘s Todd McCarthy wrote: “There’s talent enough on display here to create a measure of interest in a second Gosling feature, but one would hope that he might work with a co-screenwriter next time, forget about his favorite other directors and use a style that organically suits the subject.” The A.V. Club‘s A.A. Dowd gave it a C+.
Set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city, Billy (Christina Hendricks), a single mother of two, is swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son, Bones (Iain De Caestecker), discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town. Both Billy and Bones must dive deep into the mystery if their family is to survive.
Lost River was shot in Detroit and stars Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith, Saoirse Ronan, Barbara Steele and Iain De Caestecker. Gosling wrote and directed the movie.