Think of all the great uncommunicative characters in cine-history. The film buff’s mind inevitably wonders to the western. Specifically pretty much every role Clint Eastwood’s played in the genre, the man with no name being the standout.
Their mood is barely discernible but every shrug of the shoulder or twitch of a facial muscle tells you all you need to know if you look close enough.
To that roster you can add Ryan Gosling’s driver. Succinct, taciturn and capable of exuding sweet charm as well as boiling menace; it is yet another stylish turn to add to Gosling’s impressive work throughout the year.