Restless

April 6th, 2011








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Restless

Still of Gus Van Sant and Henry Hopper in RestlessStill of Gus Van Sant in RestlessSophia Bush at event of RestlessStill of Henry Hopper and Mia Wasikowska in RestlessStill of Henry Hopper and Mia Wasikowska in RestlessStill of Henry Hopper and Mia Wasikowska in Restless

Plot
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.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 6.5/10 (4,157 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: Gus Van Sant

Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Ryo Kase

Storyline
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.

Cast:
Henry Hopper - Enoch Brae
Mia Wasikowska - Annabel Cotton
Ryo Kase - Hiroshi Takahashi
Schuyler Fisk - Elizabeth Cotton
Lusia Strus - Rachel Cotton
Jane Adams - Mabel
Paul Parson - Edward
Thomas Lauderdale - Minister
Christopher D. Harder - Funeral Director
Morgan Lee - Driver
Kenneth L. Peterson - CT Technician
William J. Eggleston - X-Ray Technician (as William Eggleston)
Chin Han - Dr. Lee
Jhon Goodwin - Nurse Goodwin (as John Goodwin)
Kelleen Crawford - Nurse Laura

Taglines: Who do you live for?



Details

Official Website: Official Facebook | Official Facebook [France] |

Release Date: 6 April 2011

Filming Locations: Portland, Oregon, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $15,467 (USA) (18 September 2011) (5 Screens)

Gross: $163,141 (USA) (18 December 2011)



Technical Specs

Runtime:



Did You Know?

Trivia:
Schuyler Fisk, who appears in this film, is the daughter of Sissy Spacek. Both this film and Badlands, which Spacek appeared in, feature the piece 'Gassenhauer' by Carl Orff.

Quotes:
Enoch Brae: So sorry for your loss.
Annabel Cotton: [Mockingly] So Sorry for your loss.
Enoch Brae: Too formal.



User Review

A story about a boy who meets death, then a girl, and then love

Rating: 6/10

"Restless" is the story of a boy who is restless with the living side of life and a girl, also restless with the living side of life since she just wants to get on with her own impending death. Enoch (Henry Hopper) is more interested in death since death claimed the lives of his parents and the life he once knew. Annabel (Mia Wasikowska) is a terminally ill cancer patient and instead of fighting her illness, is content living her final days studying nature. Until they met each other.

It's a story of boy meets girl, if you will. Except, these are not conventional characters, so this is not a conventional love story. The son of Dennis Hopper looks like he just walked out of the Cleary Estate from "Wedding Crashers" (2005) as the misbegotten son with creepy obsessions. The problem with this type of character in a drama is that he isn't endearing enough and he certainly isn't there for us to laugh at. Annabel doesn't hold her own life with much respect either (not that she has much choice with her terminal illness and all) but either way it's hard for us to care about her all that much too.

The most sympathetic character was Elizabeth (Schuyler Fisk, daughter of Sissy Spacek), Annabel's sister, who has no father, an inept, alcoholic mother who would be better off dead, and a dying sister who is perfectly happy with the finality of her life. I felt bad for her. The next most sympathetic character was Hiroshi (Ryo Kase). He was a ghost. If the film is starting to sound a little odd, that's because it is.

I certainly applaud the film for creating such odd characters with odd responses to life as it goes on around them. But because the characters were so far removed from anything I know, it was a little hard to fully appreciate them. It's still interesting enough and well written for those craving a small, independent movie about life, love and death. Mostly death.




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