Restless

Restless

Restless

Outcast romance from director Gus Van Sant (Elephant) starring Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska and newcomer Henry Hopper. Wasikowska plays a terminally ill teenager who falls for a boy (Hopper), a funeral-crasher who's best friend is the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII.

2011Rating: M, contains adult themes91 minsUSA
DramaRomance
Director:
Gus Van Sant ('Milk', 'Paranoid Park', 'Last Days', 'Elephant', 'Gerry', 'Good Will Hunting', 'My Own Private Idaho', 'Drugstore Cowboy')
Writer:
Jason Lew
Cast:
Mia WasikowskaHenry HopperRyo KaseSchuyler FiskJane AdamsLusia Strus

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Restless / Reviews

Variety

Variety

At once delicate and clumsy, tender and twee, Restless wraps the pain of grief and impending mortality in the balm of a teenage love story.

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Total Film

Total Film

Not keen on kook? Get ready to fidget. But those up for a sweet-natured romance full of idiosyncrasies will undoubtedly forgive the rather flyweight feel.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

It is hard to say, though, if this film is an argument for denial or a treatise on acceptance. Curiously, and in a way that is sometimes touching and sometimes icky, it does not seem to perceive much of a difference.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

This film is so annoying that as the lights went up, I was to be found hanging from the cinema ceiling by my fingernails, growling.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

All of the performances are pitched correctly. Nobody pushes too hard. Nobody underlines anything. Perhaps calmed by Van Sant, the characters seem peaceful, not troubled (as they should be).

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

The insistently quirky details don't disguise the fact that the drama grows ever more predictable and precious, complete with falling-in-love montage. Screenwriter Jason Lew's character insights take the form of the obvious.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

The most banal and indulgent of Gus Van Sant's periodic studies of troubled kids, this agonizingly treacly tale comes off like an indie version of "Love Story" except with worse music.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Compared to its direct inspiration - Hal Ashby's blackly brilliant "Harold And Maude" - Restless comes off like an anemic facsimile. After the excellent "Milk," this is more like curdled cheese.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Somehow, Van Sant has made a film about life and death in which the stakes never seem higher than whether one insolent kid will stop being such a horrible mope.

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