Cannes: Scott Thomas’ glorious dip into darkness

May 22, 2013 • Entertainment

Actor Kristin Scott Thomas and director Nicholas Winding Refn during a portrait session for the film Only God Forgives at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 22, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

CANNES, France (AP) — To convince Kristin Scott Thomas to play the bloodthirsty matriarch of “Only God Forgives,” director Nicolas Winding Refn appealed to Scott Thomas — how else? — with the flattery of his own mother.

“That’s how he got me to do the film,” Scott Thomas said in a beachside interview Wednesday. “He said, ‘You’re my mother’s favorite actress.’ So I had to. It was a good trick.”

It was an appropriate start for a disturbing portrait of a woman with, to say the least, harsh motherly instincts. In the Bangkok noir, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, Scott Thomas plays a mother demanding her surviving son (Ryan Gosling) avenge the murder of her other, more favored son (Tom Burke).

It’s a ferocious, gloriously evil performance as far away from “The English Patient” (and the other elegant British period dramas Scott Thomas is best known for) as cinematically possible. Upon learning her son was punished for Login to read more

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