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Restless (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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Elizabeth Cotton
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Rachel Cotton
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Mabel
Paul Parson ...
Edward
Thomas Lauderdale ...
Minister
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Funeral Director
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Driver
Kenneth L. Peterson ...
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Dr. Lee
Jhon Goodwin ...
Nurse Goodwin (as John Goodwin)
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Nurse Laura
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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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Who do you live for?

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Drama | Romance

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

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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)

Gross:

$163,141 (USA) (16 December 2011)
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The movie's first-time screenwriter Jason Lew and (co-producer) Bryce Dallas Howard attended New York University together and it was there that Lew first wrote the story as a play. Howard, who had acted in plays with Lew, got a peek at the story and encouraged him to write it as a screenplay. See more »

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Annabel Cotton: [to Enoch] It is getting pretty complicated.
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References Harold and Maude (1971) See more »

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Sympathique
Written by Thomas M. Lauderdale and China Forbes
After the poem "Hotel" by Guillaume Apollinaire
Performed by Pink Martini
Courtesy of Heinz Records
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Small gem, great tribute to Nouvellevague
30 December 2011 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

This underrated film was released just before Christmas in Tokyo. As a long time fun of the director, I enjoyed very much this beautiful film. It appears to be an ordinary boy-meets-girl story with somewhat quirky atmosphere, but inside I found the film is filled with homage to the Nouvellevague cinema.

Among them, I remember the film "Cleo de 5 a 7" by Agnes Varda (1962), which includes discussions of mortality, despair and the meaning of life. I also felt the airs of Jean-Luc Godard and François Truffaut. If you love the French films in 60s, I believe you will enjoy and appreciate it more.

The line by Hiroshi (the Ghost) summarizes the theme of this film.

"We have so little time to say any of the things we mean. We have so little time for any of it."


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