Nicolas Winding Refn’s neo-noir Bangkok gorefest Only God Forgives has been dividing critics and audiences alike since it got booed by some of the less impressed guests at Cannes. With potent western tendencies, sly nods to surrealist cinema as far back as Un Chien Andalou, and oppressively-soundtracked dream sequences to make the most seasoned Twin Peaks aficionados cream themselves, it’s hard to ignore. Love it or hate it, there are a few lessons we can learn from this darkly violent acid dream.
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