Film Review: Restless

| 1 December , 2011 | Reply

Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper, Ryo Kase
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 4.5/5

This new offering from visionary Gus Van Sant traverses the depths of young love, death, and living in a way that is perhaps wholly unexpected of the often confrontational American director.

Restless tells the story of Annabelle (Mia Wasikowska) a terminal cancer kid, or kid with cancer as she stubbornly tells Enoch, because she asserts, there\’s a difference. Enoch (Henry Hopper) is the death obsessed young man she meets when he crashes her friend\’s funeral. She\’s full of life despite being at the end of it, he\’s got his whole life ahead of him but refuses to continue living; and opposites, well they attract each other don\’t they?

Enoch offers to help Annabelle prepare for the end, but is yet to realise that she will be helping him as much as he is helping her. As Enoch fills Annabelle\’s last months with simple pleasures she slowly draws him out of the protective stagnancy he imposed on himself in order to deal with the death of his parents.

Annabelle and Enoch are also joined by Hiroshi (Ryo Kase), the ghost of a Japanese Kamikaze pilot who has been Enoch\’s enduring best friend and battleship partner since his parent\’s fatal car accident.

Restless isn\’t some type of sappy Walk to Remember teen cancer love story. Van Sant tells this story with a remarkable calmness and lightness of being that affords love, and not grief, as the thing that resonates after you leave the cinema.

The story, by first time scriptwriter Jason Lew, is remarkably beautiful in its simplicity as are the pitch perfect performances by young Australian starlet Wasikowska and debutante actor Hopper (the third son of the great Dennis Hopper).

Moving, quirky, and very well made Restless is an endearing young love story at the top of it\’s game.

Restless is in cinemas now


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