January 11, 2021
A documentary on Nicolas Winding Refn and the period he spent working on Only God Forgives. The doc was filmed by his wife, which means it's a pretty intimate film, at the same time you can't help but wonder how much was cut and how premeditated it all was. It sure feels that way.
There isn't much here besides Refn doing his thing. He doubts his own integrity, he's not sure if he's doing the right thing, he even meets up with Jodorowsky to ask him for advice. It's really nice if you're a big Refn fan and want to know more about the man behind the director, but that's where the appeal ends.
The problem is that Refn is a pretty typical artist. Shooting film isn't a very glamorous job and his artistic uncertainties aren't really out of the ordinary either. Some bits were entertaining, mostly when Gosling was goofing around with Refn's kids, but that's not enough to fill an hour-long documentary. For fans only.