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Only God Forgives

Opens July 19

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Nicolas Winding Refn admits that for him, filmmaking is like pornography. ”It’s all about what arouses me. It’s about what turns me on.” What turned on the director of the 2011 cult hit Drive this time was a moody gangster thriller set in Bangkok featuring Thai boxing, revenge, and a heap of mother issues. It also reunited him with Drive star Ryan Gosling — a lucky break, since The Hobbit‘s Luke Evans had been cast but then dropped out. ”Looking back, I think God had a plan,” says Refn. ”We’d become such good collaborators, casting Ryan became inevitable.” Watch for Kristin Scott Thomas as the most terrifying on-screen mother since Joan Crawford.