Lost River

Synopsis: "Lost River" is a dark fairy tale about love, family and the fight for survival in the face of danger. In the virtually abandoned city of Lost River, Billy (Christina Hendricks), a single mother of two, is led into a macabre underworld in her quest to save her childhood home and hold her family together. Her teenage son Bones (Iain De Casestecker) discovers a mystery about the origins of Lost River that triggers his curiosity and sets into motion an unexpected journey that will test his limits and the limits of those he loves.
Director(s): Ryan Gosling
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
  1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

I'm gonna have some soup.

I'm gonna go eat dinner.

Come on, I just wanna eat dinner.

Go! Go fast!

Too fast!

- Yeah.

- Yeah?

Hey, it's okay.

I'm gonna get the monster, I promise.

There we go. Hey. Got it.

- You got it?

- Yeah.

- Think you'll ever come back?

- Know what? Nobody's coming back.

It's over with. Gotta get outta here.

You gotta get outta here, too.

Yeah, well, as soon as I get

my car fixed, I'm out of here.

I don't wanna leave, but I wanna live.

Look at this.

I had a wonderful childhood.

So far, I had a wonderful life.

Just... just sad what happened.

Just sad what happened.

See, I used to always sing,

"didn't I blow your mind this time?"

- How does that go like?

- Didn't I blow your mind this time?

Didn't I... Came out in '69.

And, like, "Betcha by golly wow."

I love you, and I'll never forget you.

Be careful. Get out of here while you can.

- Where's Larry?

- He's out in the yard.

It's number one. Look at that.

- Yeah, that's number two.

- Yeah, that's number one, though.

Yeah, but it's mixed,

so it's number two.

- Yeah, well, I'll separate it.

- We'll give you a good price.

Well, that's number-one copper,

so I better get a good price.

I put a sign up here that says,

"Don't let me see your fucking face

near my motherfucking copper!"

This is my fucking copper!

I own this fucking copper!

I own this city! I own this copper!

This is my fucking copper!

I put a sign up here that says,

"don't let me see

your motherfucking face

around here again!"

This is my country! This is my city!

I own this fucking city!

I put a sign up here that says,

"don't let me see

your motherfucking face

around here again!"

Welcome to Bullytown!


I'm Dave.

- Where's Carl?

- Carl? He's moved on.

I've been brought in to consolidate

some of these branches.


How can I help?

Carl talked me into this loan.

He told me that...

he could get me into my grandmother's

house for nothing

and that I shouldn't be paying

someone else's mortgage,

and he didn't explain it to me,

and I never understood it.

And then a couple years later, the rates

change entirely, and I... he didn't explain.

Can I just... can I just cut

across you for a moment, there?

Listen, I am all ears, but you're gonna

have to talk up a little bit,

'cause I am very deaf.

This happens to be my good ear,

but all I heard then was...

So, just... whatever it was

you just said,

please, just a little louder.

I can't quite hear it.

I don't think I ever should have

qualified for that loan,

and Carl talked me into that loan.

Can I ask your name?

- Billy.

- Okay, Billy.

We are in the middle

of a very tight fiscal knot,

and it's squeezing,

and you are right in the middle of it.

Now, you could pay your 3 months.

You can walk away with some money.

You could pay your three months

and then pay more and more,

and yeah, you could keep the house...

- So I can?

- ...if that's really what you wanna do.

Yeah, but what can you do?

What sort of work do you do?

Well, that doesn't sound promising.

I mean, how do you plan to...

Do you have a plan?


I have been to...

6 Lost Rivers in the last few years,

and I hear the same story

from folks like you.

Now, I don't know Carl very well.

I only met him for a moment,

and then I fired him.

But in those precious few moments,

you know, he didn't strike me

as an evil financial genius

bent on destroying the American dream

one single mom at a time, okay?

Okay, but I'm actually

not interested in the buyout.

I'd like to just pay the 3 months

and keep the house and stay in the house.

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Ryan Gosling

Ryan Thomas Gosling (born November 12, 1980) is a Canadian actor and musician. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's The Mickey Mouse Club (1993–1995) and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1995) and Goosebumps (1996). His first starring film role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer (2001), and he went on to star in several independent films, including Murder by Numbers (2002), The Slaughter Rule (2002), and The United States of Leland (2003). Gosling came to the attention of a wider audience in 2004 with a leading role in the commercially successful romantic drama The Notebook. His performance as a drug-addicted teacher in Half Nelson (2006) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor and his performance as a socially inept loner in Lars and the Real Girl (2007) was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. After a three-year acting hiatus, Gosling starred in the marital drama Blue Valentine (2010), earning him a second Golden Globe Award nomination. Gosling co-starred in three mainstream films in 2011–the romantic comedy-drama Crazy, Stupid, Love, the political drama The Ides of March, and the neo-noir crime thriller Drive–and received two more Golden Globe Award nominations. His directorial debut, Lost River, was released to poor reviews in 2014. Greater success came to Gosling when he starred in two critically acclaimed films–the financial comedy-drama The Big Short (2015) and the musical La La Land (2016). For the latter, he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and received a second Oscar nomination. Gosling's band, Dead Man's Bones, released their self-titled debut album and toured North America in 2009. He is a co-owner of Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. Gosling is a supporter of PETA, Invisible Children, and the Enough Project and has traveled to Chad, Uganda and eastern Congo to raise awareness about conflicts in the regions. He has been in a relationship with actress Eva Mendes since 2011, and they have two daughters together. more…

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