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Restless

  • Drama
  • Romance
  • 2011
  • Gus Van Sant
  • 87 mins

Summary

The story of a terminally ill teenage girl who falls for a boy who likes to attend funerals and their encounters with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

The shadow of 1972 black comedy Harold and Maude hangs over this quirky, melancholy drama in which two radically different characters - she's an optimist and he's a pessimist - meet and become lovers after gatecrashing a funeral. But whereas Maude is a 70-something Holocaust survivor, the heroine in this less-daring sister piece is Annabel (Mia Wasikowska), a perky teen with a tumour whose carefree demeanour disguises a very real fear that she could die at any moment. Into her orbit comes Enoch (Henry Hopper, son and the spitting image of Dennis), an introspective loner whose best friend is Hiroshi, the ghost of a Japanese Second World War airman. Played for more substantial laughs or drama, it could have worked, but its winsome tone and earnest delivery leave it, like Hiroshi, stuck in a dreary limbo.

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Credits

Cast

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Enoch BraeHenry Hopper
Annabel CottonMia Wasikowska
Hiroshi TakahashiRyo Kase
Elizabeth CottonSchuyler Fisk
Mabel TellJane Adams (2)

Crew

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DirectorGus Van Sant

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony Pictures
Released on
2011-10-21
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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