Cannes 2011: Clip from Nicolas Winding Refn’s DRIVE is an absolute must-watch

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
May 5th, 2011

As the number of days begin to shrink in the lead up to this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the amount of new looks at some of the festival’s most intriguing projects begins to pile up.

The latest on that pile is Nicolas Winding Refn’s DRIVE, and thanks to the festival’s official site, we have our first glimpse at the film through a two minute clip.

One of the festival’s most anticipated films, DRIVE stars Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Albert Brooks, Oscar Isaacs, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, and Ron Perlman, and is an adaptation of the James Sallis novel.  The story follows a stunt driver who also works as a getaway driver, who gets on the wrong side of a heist in its aftermath.

The clip here is from the very start of the film, and finds our lead working his magic behind the wheel of a car after a heist, and is a really great clip. It features a lot of Refn’s directorial aspects, particularly in something like the entrance of the second thief into the car.

 Hopefully the film will allow Refn to get back to some of the things that made something like PUSHER and its subsequent films so absolutely amazing  And, is that the film’s score you lightly hear in the background? If so, count me in. Overall, this is one of the films from this year’s Cannes slate that I can’t wait to see on the Croisette.

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