Restless City (2011)

R  |   |  Drama, Music  |  January 2011 (USA)
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Tells the story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle and falling in love is his greatest risk.


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Tells the story of an African immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle and falling in love is his greatest risk.

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Rated R for some drug use and brief sexuality


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Title Card: "How the city attracts all types and how the unwary must suffer from ignorance of its ways." - Cyprian Ekwensi
Djibril: Hello. My name is Djibril. Djibril Sy. I am 21 years old. I'm from Senegal. Dakar. Right now Harlem, New York is where I live. One day will come where my child could be President. I will tell them at birth to be truthful, to follow the right path, and then the day may come that they could be a leader of this nation. What path should I take? The only path I know is music.
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Somewhere Between Dreams and Reality
30 October 2012 | by See all my reviews

A tragic love story entangled in the underworld of dirty business and thus in violence and crime. Restless City is captivating from beginning to end. The film is not big on dialogue but that is okay because the images speak for themselves. Indeed, it was filmed beautifully, with an excellent use of lighting, scenes sped up and slowed down and sometimes slightly out of focus. Every detail of every frame is nearly picture perfect. Restless City was able to create or capture something that most other films do not, atmosphere. Although the story line is somewhat shallow, the atmosphere is raw and at times dreamy. Restless City, in my opinion, is unjustifiably underrated.

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