And of course, Ryan Gosling - this is a man that knows how to act. His minimalistic style of acting says so much with so little that all you need to do is look at him (or hear him) and you know exactly what is going on in his head/heart. The calm demeanor with which he asks for his son after he hits Mahershala Ali is chilling. The way he changes his voice pitch sounding like a plea-cry-begging during the robing scenes is pure genius because it reveals the true nature of his character.
The only aspect of the film that I didn't like and was not believable was the make-up. The 15-year passage of time was poorly executed through the make-up and hair department. I didn't believe Bradley Cooper aging at all, nor his wife, nor Kofi or Romina. But on the other hand as an independent film, I'm assuming that the producer didn't have money left to spend and it's just amazing that they made the film for 15 million dollars with the cast that they did.