“It would be boring if we all made safe films.” – Nicolas Winding Refn
Thinly veiled as a movie about Nicolas Winding Refn, the director of the highly successful, Drive, starring Ryan Gosling in 2011, My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn follows Refn during the production of Only God Forgives in Bangkok. So what makes this interesting? It’s directed by Liv Corfixen, his wife.
At only 58 minutes, it’s just long enough to show the basics of pre-production, meeting with actors (Ryan Gosling does make an appearance), and balancing that with family. On the surface, it’s an extremely personal view of a director during production and succeeds brilliantly. Corfixen has unprecedented access to her subject, not only to his actions but his emotions behind important decisions and his doubts.
But then the bomb is dropped and you suddenly understand the point.
This is not a movie about Nicolas Winding Refn, this is about a couple who are working out how to both have a career they want. Highly personal, this documentary is able to simultaneously focus on a behind-the-scenes portrait of a filmmaker and a profile of a modern relationship.
Available on demand and in theaters as of February 27th.