After starring in the Nicholas Sparks romance film “The Notebook,” Gosling returned to the dark side with another murderous role. In “Stay,” written by “Game of Thrones” co-creator David Benioff and directed by Marc Forster, it’s not entirely clear what’s going on at any point in the film. Gosling plays troubled college student Henry who visits psychiatrist Sam (Ewan McGregor) when his regular psychiatrist, Beth (Janeane Garofalo), is on leave. He hears voices and also seems to be able to predict the future.
Henry claimed to have killed both his parents and had also planned to commit suicide. When he saw Sam playing chess with his mentor, Leon (Bob Hoskins), Henry was shocked and scared because he thought Leon was his father. Sam then meets Henry’s mother in an empty house, and she starts bleeding from the head. Although the phrase “Lynchian” is overused, there are sometimes glimpses reminiscent of David Lynch’s surrealist style, like when the story resets itself and when the characters repeat clusters. from earlier. Naomi Watts (who has personal experience with Lynch) plays Sam’s girlfriend.
The film is directed by Forster, with interesting visual clues in the montage and structure designed to disorient the viewer and perhaps recreate some of what Henry is going through. Despite having an all-star cast and favorable conditions Roger Ebert reviews“Stay” is box office failure. Still, it was a fun experiment, and the Gosling delivered an impressive performance.
If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
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