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Restless (I) (2011)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  6 April 2011 (Egypt)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elizabeth Cotton
Rachel Cotton
Paul Parson ...
Thomas Lauderdale ...
Christopher D. Harder ...
Funeral Director
Kenneth L. Peterson ...
CT Technician
William J. Eggleston ...
X-Ray Technician (as William Eggleston)
Dr. Lee
Jhon Goodwin ...
Nurse Goodwin (as John Goodwin)
Nurse Laura


Annabel is a terminally ill cancer patient and is quietly awaiting her death spending her time studying nature. Enoch is struggling to recover from the death of his parents and spends his time attending funerals with his only friend - a ghost named Hiroshi who was a WWII Japanese kamikaze pilot. Just as Annabel's sister is trying to cope with Annabel's impending death, Annabel and Enoch fall in love. They both finally have a reason to live, but is it too late to have a life together? Written by napierslogs

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 April 2011 (Egypt)  »

Also Known As:

Untitled Gus Van Sant Project  »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$15,467 (USA) (16 September 2011)


$163,141 (USA) (16 December 2011)

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1.85 : 1
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Schuyler Fisk, who appears in this film, is the daughter of Sissy Spacek. Both this film and Badlands (1973), which Spacek appeared in, feature the music piece 'Gassenhauer' by Carl Orff. See more »


Hiroshi Takahashi: As I write this letter, the ocean breeze feels cool on my skin. That very ocean is soon to be my grave. They tell me I will die a hero. That the safety and honor of my country will be the reward for my sacrifice. I pray they are right. My only regret in life is never telling you how I feel. I wish I were back home. I wish I were holding your hand. I wish I were telling you that I have loved you, and only you, since I was a boy. But I'm not. I see now that death is easy. It is love that is hard....
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References Harold and Maude (1971) See more »


Sorry for Your Loss
Written and Performed by Gus Van Sant and Danny Elfman
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A flawed indie drama that misses its potential.
22 February 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mia Wasikowska seems to be drawn to these quirky indie movies, and she should be because she's good at them. She's the best thing about Restless, a drama about an emotionally wounded young man, a dying young woman, the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot, and birds. 

Unfortunately, she's not the main character. That's Enoch, played by Henry Hopper. He's just not right for the role, and veers between unlikable and uninteresting. Restless also seems a bit unfocused, as well, as if the concept wasn't properly expanded by the writer into a full story. It starts off with promise, only to lose some of my interest on the way to the mishandled ending. 

As a result, the movie just isn't everything it could have been. I liked it, it's just hard to not be somewhat disappointed by the wasted potential. There are resonant moments throughout the story, but there are just as many scenes that just seem hollow or misplaced. Restless could have been very good, instead it's just okay. 

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