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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 18
Cast
Ryan Gosling
Kristin Scott Thomas
Vithaya Pansringarm
Directors
Nicolas Winding Refn
Screenwriters
Nicolas Winding Refn
Running Time
90 minutes

Only God Forgives
Bangkok Languorous


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Plot
US ex-pat Julian Thompson (Gosling) runs a Bangkok boxing club as a front for his family’s drug business. When his brother Billy (Burke) is killed to avenge the murder of a prostitute, Julian must deal not only with the arrival of his mother Crystal (Scott Thomas), but also a police chief (Pansringarm) who has supernatural abilities...


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Experimental and uncompromising, Winding Refn and Gosling’s Drive follow-up is a tripped-out riff on the crime family movie in which The Grifters — literally — go to hell.


Reviewed by Damon Wise

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