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Drive references the fable of The Scorpion and the Frog: the frog agrees to carry the scorpion across the river; the scorpion stings the frog, saying “it’s my nature” and both drown. Driver can be seen as The Frog of the story – he drives/carries criminals (scorpions) around in his car, but is inevitably dragged into their destructive world (stung) leading to everybody’s downfall. Driver’s jacket has a scorpion on the back, just as the frog carried the scorpion on its back.

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The shoot itself is magnificently guerrilla. With a budget big enough to do what he wants, yet manageable enough for zero interference, we later find Winding Refn and Gosling down a sweaty Bangkok back alley, next to a restaurant with a neon sign that boasts, ‘If it swims, you can eat it,’ which may be true but probably isn’t always advisable.
Gosling is wearing a suit. His girlfriend, played by Thai singer-turned-acress Yayaying, is standing opposite, in a dress so slinky he is furious she’s dared wear it to a dinner with his evil mother. “Take it off!” screams Gosling’s Julian. “Take it OFF!!” She strips to her underwear, handing him the offending item. The camera lingers on his face, trembling with anger and shame.

Stay 2005


Do you know the Tristan Rêveur quote about bad art? It’s “bad art is more tragically beautiful than good art ‘cause it documents human failure.”

– Ryan Gosling as Henry Letham (Stay 2005 – imdb)

Henry is obsessed with a fake artist by the name of Tristan Reveur, reveur being french for dreamer.

“Un suicide élégant est l’oeuvre d’art finale.” ( “An elegant suicide is the final artwork.” )
– Tristan Reveur.