CANNES – After the party, the annual slap Ryan Gosling competition began.
In Un Certain Regard with his directorial debut Lost River, Ryan was hoisted above the terrace of the Palais du Cinema and then quite literally tossed to the critics, each one of which took the opportunity to give Ryan – a surprisingly light young man – a hefty slap. The sound of the slaps could be heard above the sound of the fireworks, but Mr. Gosling took it all in good sport, especially because (due to the physical weakness of the film critic community) the slaps landed as heavily as robustly flapped butterfly wings. Gosling was finally rescued by the French who had decided (obviously) to like the film. 

Tomorrow there will be a lunch with the Jury in which Lars Von Trier will be cooked in plum sauce and devoured. 

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