A documentary explaining how tortured filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn is and how arduous the process of making his Only God Forgives was might not seem like the most shocking and eye-opening of artistic endeavors—the guy just oozes intensity, and cinephiles seem to be well-schooled on the mess that was Only God Forgives—but when you consider who is behind My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, the project suddenly becomes more interesting.
Directed by Liv Corfixen, Refn’s own wife, My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn explores not only Refn’s creative process (again, kind of tortured), but the filming of Only God Forgives, and the impact it had on their family. It also looks to address the most obvious issue—what it’s like when your family is headed up by a pair of creatives—in an honest and raw way. Also, Ryan Gosling is perpetually lingering about, so that’s a major plus. The film is Corfixen’s directorial debut, and she appears to have worn a ton of hats on this go-round, not only writing and directing the doc, but also editing it and serving as its cinematographer. That’s a hell of a family (their kids seem to be pretty smart, too).
The trail of the tape
Title: My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn
Director: Liv Corfixen
Screenwriter: Liv Corfixen
Cast: Liv Corfixen, Nicolas Winding Refn, Ryan Gosling
Release date: Feb. 27
The entire trailer in one line of dialogue: “It’s just a film.”
The entire trailer in one screengrab:
Fine, I’ll say it: This looks more interesting than Only God Forgives (although our own Scott Tobias’ review has a very different argument).