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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| (as Datasat Digital Sound)|


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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Hiroshi Takahashi: [to Enoch] May be you should stop going to stranger's funerals.
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References Harold and Maude (1971) See more »


Annabel's Wake
Written and Performed by Gus Van Sant and Danny Elfman
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A story about a boy who meets death, then a girl, and then love
17 October 2011 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Restless" is the story of a boy who is restless with the living side of life and a girl, also restless with the living side of life since she just wants to get on with her own impending death. Enoch (Henry Hopper) is more interested in death since death claimed the lives of his parents and the life he once knew. Annabel (Mia Wasikowska) is a terminally ill cancer patient and instead of fighting her illness, is content living her final days studying nature. Until they met each other.

It's a story of boy meets girl, if you will. Except, these are not conventional characters, so this is not a conventional love story. The son of Dennis Hopper looks like he just walked out of the Cleary Estate from "Wedding Crashers" (2005) as the misbegotten son with creepy obsessions. The problem with this type of character in a drama is that he isn't endearing enough and he certainly isn't there for us to laugh at. Annabel doesn't hold her own life with much respect either (not that she has much choice with her terminal illness and all) but either way it's hard for us to care about her all that much too.

The most sympathetic character was Elizabeth (Schuyler Fisk, daughter of Sissy Spacek), Annabel's sister, who has no father, an inept, alcoholic mother who would be better off dead, and a dying sister who is perfectly happy with the finality of her life. I felt bad for her. The next most sympathetic character was Hiroshi (Ryo Kase). He was a ghost. If the film is starting to sound a little odd, that's because it is.

I certainly applaud the film for creating such odd characters with odd responses to life as it goes on around them. But because the characters were so far removed from anything I know, it was a little hard to fully appreciate them. It's still interesting enough and well written for those craving a small, independent movie about life, love and death. Mostly death.

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