Restless

Restless

Director: Gus Van Sant

Cast: Gus Van Sant, Henry Hopper, Mia Wasikowska, Ryo Kase

     
 

Eccentric funeral crasher Enoch (Henry Hopper) finds his ideal soul mate in beautiful but mysterious Annabelle (Mia Wasikowska), who claims to work in a hospital but harbors a sensitive secret. Later, after Enoch opens up to Annabelle about his only friend, an outspoken ghost named Hiroshi, their fledglingSee more details below

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Overview

Eccentric funeral crasher Enoch (Henry Hopper) finds his ideal soul mate in beautiful but mysterious Annabelle (Mia Wasikowska), who claims to work in a hospital but harbors a sensitive secret. Later, after Enoch opens up to Annabelle about his only friend, an outspoken ghost named Hiroshi, their fledgling romance is put to the ultimate test. Director Gus Van Sant teams with playwright Jason Lew to adapt Lew's play of the same name.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Gus Van Sant's delicate drama Restless feels like a natural creative evolution from his "death trilogy" of Gerry, Elephant, and Last Days. In those three indie films, the auteur examined the mind-sets of different people leading up to their deaths. Restless, similar to his Paranoid Park, finds Van Sant exploring what happens to the people who live on after getting their first glimpses of death. The movie stars Henry Hopper (son of Dennis) as Enoch, an emotionally withdrawn, quirky teenager who goes to strangers' funerals and plays Battleship with his only friend, a kamikaze pilot who is either a figment of his imagination or a ghost. At a service for a child who died of cancer, Henry meets Annabel (Mia Wasikowska), who was a fellow patient in the same cancer ward. The two quickly bond when she helps him escape from a funeral director who recognizes that Enoch has been crashing wakes. Their attachment eventually deepens, but her diagnosis ensures that they have only a few months together. In that time, she helps him deal with a profound trauma, and he helps her prepare for death. What's masterful about Restless is that Van Sant and screenwriter Jason Lew establish a tone for the film that's as fragile as Enoch's emotional state. There's an early scene where the two visit his parents' graves and have an imaginary conversation with them. The entire sequence is a make-or-break moment for the audience, and unwavering cynics will dismiss the entire movie as sickeningly cute. But Van Sant never submits to simple twee preciousness -- there's genuine pain in Enoch's life, best explored in his relationship with his aunt (a flawless Jane Adams), who has been trying to care for him since his parents' deaths. For a film to succeed with such a delicate tone, the actors need to be at their best, and Wasikowska and Hopper succeed. Hopper has a quietly charismatic vulnerability that will trigger parental impulses in anybody. As for Wasikowska, with just a few film and television credits so far, she's shown more potential for a lengthy and fascinating career than any actress her age, and her work here only confirms her bright future. She gives Annabel an intelligence that keeps her from becoming just a martyr-pixie-dream girl. Annabel doesn't deny her fears, but she's learned to not let them dictate how she's going to spend the time she still has. These two fresh-faced young performers keep Van Sant's autumnal/wintery color scheme from overwhelming us with depression. It's an achievement that a movie so sad doesn't leave you feeling sad at all. There's a genuine catharsis for both Enoch and the audience, making Restless a rare film about death that actually delivers you back to the world happy to be alive.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2012
UPC:
0043396392434
Original Release:
2011
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
ABC
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:31:00
Sales rank:
52,277

Special Features

Deleted scenes; Gus Van Sant's silent version of Restless ; 5 featurettes that explore the making of the film, selecting the director and cast and the complex relationships between Enoch, Annabel & Hiroshi

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henry Hopper Enoch
Mia Wasikowska Annabel
Ryo Kase Hiroshi
Schuyler Fisk Elizabeth
Jane Adams Mabel
Lusia Strus Rachel
Chin Han Dr. Lee

Technical Credits
Gus Van Sant Director,Producer
Eric Black Executive Producer
Sarah Bowen Executive Producer
Brett Cranford Co-producer
David Allen Cress Executive Producer
Danny Elfman Score Composer
Daniel Glicker Costumes/Costume Designer
Elliot Graham Editor
Brian Grazer Producer
Benjamin Hayden Art Director
Bryce Dallas Howard Producer
Ron Howard Producer
Erica Huggins Executive Producer
Jason Lew Screenwriter
Francine Maisler Casting
Frank Mancuso Executive Producer
Anne Ross Production Designer
Harris Savides Cinematographer
Michael Sugar Executive Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Restless
1. Chapter 1 [6:18]
2. Chapter 2 [4:30]
3. Chapter 3 [3:42]
4. Chapter 4 [6:33]
5. Chapter 5 [4:41]
6. Chapter 6 [4:19]
7. Chapter 7 [5:28]
8. Chapter 8 [5:28]
9. Chapter 9 [5:44]
10. Chapter 10 [7:28]
11. Chapter 11 [4:13]
12. Chapter 12 [4:48]
13. Chapter 13 [4:06]
14. Chapter 14 [4:20]
15. Chapter 15 [6:28]
16. Chapter 16 [12:45]

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