updated 05/21/2014 AT 5:00 PM ET
•originally published 05/21/2014 AT 7:50 PM ET
While Ryan Gosling promotes his directorial debut, Lost River, at the Cannes Film Festival this week, one person has been conspicuously absent: his girlfriend of three years, Eva Mendes – who happens to costar in the film.
Gosling, 33, hit the red carpet instead with Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks, who also appears in the trippy movie, which is set in an urban wasteland.
Critical response to the film was largely negative, with Time’s Richard Corliss calling it the most enthusiastically derided entry so far at this year’s festival. Another critic, The Telegraph’s Tim Robey, blasted it as a “crapocalypse.”
Still, added Corliss, “give some credit to Gosling for his mad mash-up of horror and social statement, crackpot fantasy and Sundance-style meandering.” And Anne Thompson of Indiewire praised it as an “impressive impressionistic well-wrought debut.”