My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn + Only God Forgives (3/5)

An impossibly personal portrait of unique genre-bender filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, the Pusher trilogy) over the course of the shooting/release of his 2013 film Only God Forgives. Much like the equally intimate and emotionally explosive Hearts of Darkness (filmed by Francis Coppola’s wife Eleanor during the making of Apocalypse Now), here Refn’s own deep conflict is swinging in the breeze as we witness him wrestle with OGF’s particularly challenging production, as captured by the camera of his wife Liv Corfixen. Given Liv’s relationship, My Life… documents some very private moments to which a traditional doc crew simply wouldn’t have access. The result is a fascinating, detailed look at a creative genius at work, and also a portrait of a director torn between the general public’s desire for a Drive 2 and his own mission to explore more challenging narrative territory. Acclaimed composer/ regular Refn collaborator Cliff Martinez composed the doc’s original score.
Dir. Liv Corfixen, 2014, DCP, 58 min.

“The second collaboration between director Nic Refn and star Ryan Gosling does much of the same thing that their first, Drive, did: subvert expectations…Refn has created a film of incredible beauty and savagery the likes of which has rarely been seen. Through this straight-forward anti-revenge plot, Refn delivers an orgy of violence and cinematic beauty. It’s a beautiful piece of work that is different from anything else he’s done in his career.” — Daryl Loomis, DVD Verdict
Dir. Nicolas Winding Refn, 2013, DCP, 90 min.

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