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Sublime aesthetics trump narrative in "Only God Forgives"

By Michael Nordine  

“I’m a pornographer and I make films about what excites me” is how Nicolas Winding Refn described his working methods at a festival screening of Only God Forgives. At least he’s honest. More and more with each successive film, the director of Valhalla Rising, Bronson, and the Pusher trilogy has created works tailor-made for those who long for a more perfect union between the arthouse and the grindhouse, between high art and video nasties.

Refn plays especially fast and loose…

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