Ryan Gosling film Lost River is not coming to a cinema near you

The widely panned movie will be released on home entertainment platforms

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Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, Lost River, will not be released in US cinemas after receiving largely negative reviews at the Cannes Film Festival last spring.

The Canadian actor’s movie, starring Matt Smith, Christina Hendricks and his girlfriend Eva Mendes, will instead be distributed by Warner Bros on home entertainment platforms in April.

It has yet to be confirmed whether Lost River will be screened elsewhere around the world, but with critics describing it as “unthinkingly offensive”, “ultimately kind of juvenile” and “a student film with an A-list cast”, its future looks in serious doubt.

The magical-realist film follows single mother Billy as she is “swept into a dark underworld” while her teenage son Bones discovers a secret underwater town.

One scene sees Doctor Who’s Smith chant “Look at my muscles!” while plenty of others feature burning bicycles and houses. 

Many reviewers noted not-so-subtle homages to filmmakers such as David Lynch and Nicolas Winding Refn.

Refn, who worked with Gosling on 2011 hit Drive, called Lost River a “beautiful, great movie that will grow on people”.


Lost River premiered in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section in May, after first being called How to Catch a Monster.

A home entertainment release date has yet to be confirmed.