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This morning brings gifts: along with the Cannes lineup we’ve got new trailers for some of the scheduled films, and among them are two new looks at Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Only God Forgives. Ryan Gosling stars in the Thai-set western as a minor gangster who is commanded by his domineering mother (Kristen Scott Thomas) to bring his brother’s killer to justice.

The first trailer here is quite a lot like the debut footage we saw not long ago, but it is more explicit, and features more dialogue that explains the story and does more to suggest that Kristen Scott Thomas is scary as hell. Some of the dialogue in the first trailer isn’t subtitled, but I think you’ll get the idea.

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Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive) has employed images of serious violence in the past; his first team-up with Ryan Gosling featured both intimidating threats and gory action. Now we’ve got the first footage from their second film pairing, Only God Forgives, a violent revenge-thriller “western” set in Bangkok.

Gosling plays a boxer and drug smuggler pressed into vengeful action when his brother is killed. This trailer isn’t terribly gory, but it is laden with the heavy air of things just about to go really, really wrong. The color in the images, combined with the music and a sense of floating, suggest that this is a story that descends into the same psychological space as Bronson. This time, however, Refn has more resources at his disposal.

And yet, more than anything else, it’s the opening dialogue from Kristen Scott Thomas, playing the mother of Gosling’s character, that gives me chills. Compared  to that, Gosling’s invitation at the end of the trailer seems almost polite.

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This is great Monday morning film news: Nicolas Winding Refn is really moving forward with plans to shoot a small film between Drive and the Logan’s Run remake. That ‘small film’ is Only God Forgives, which he had planned to make before Drive came up, and in which he has now cast Luke Evans and Kristin Scott-Thomas. More details on the movie are after the break. A hint: it has been called a modern Western, and it involves some Thai-style ass-kicking. Read More »

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The Toronto Film Festival is just getting underway, and already one film has been picked up for Us distribution. Sarah’s Key, starring Kristen Scott Thomas, was picked up by The Weinstein Commpany today as the first official buy of the fest. More info on the film after the break, along with good breaks for Barney’s Version with Paul Giamatti and Casino Jack with Kevin Spacey. Read More »

Nowhere Boy Movie Trailer

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What to make of a John Lennon biopic featuring actors that look nothing like Lennon and Paul McCartney and shies away from actual Beatles songs? Actually, that sounds like an interesting idea; I’d rather be sold on a character based on performance, not the fact that the actor looks just like the real person, and if I’m going to watch the formative story behind a major artist I don’t need to be reminded constantly of the person they became after the film ends.

So Nowhere Boy, starring Aaron Johnson as Lennon and Thomas Sangster as McCartney, has been an object of curiosity. Now there’s a trailer for the film, and I’m not yet sold. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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