Film Reviews: “Restless” (2011)


Directed by Gus Van Sant. Starring Henry Hopper and Mia Wasikowska.

Enoch and Annabel should both be in school, but instead, they attend funerals of people they don’t know. (Harold and Maude anyone?) After crossing paths a few times and recognizing one another, they begin talking and hanging out.

Enoch isn’t in school because “well, it’s a long story.” He plays Battleship with Hiroshi, an ex-Kamikaze pilot. We learn early on that Hiroshi is a ghost. Only Enoch can see or talk to him.

Annabel isn’t in school because she has three months left to live. Enoch takes the news of her cancer well, too well, and decides he wants to make those last few weeks as fun as possible. They begin a relationship too special to let go so easy. We can envision the heartbreak lying ahead.

“Restless” is beautifully directed by Gus Van Sant. A sad story with happy, fascinating characters. I enjoyed this one, even though I was teary-eyed through most of it. I probably felt more sadness than the characters on screen. In a way, that made me envious of their disregard for reality. Great film that pulls at your heart strings.

3.0 out of 4.0 stars.


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