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Restless (2011)

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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.

Director:

Gus Van Sant

Writer:

Jason Lew
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Hopper ... Enoch Brae
Mia Wasikowska ... Annabel Cotton
Ryo Kase ... Hiroshi Takahashi (as Ryô Kase)
Schuyler Fisk ... Elizabeth Cotton
Lusia Strus ... Rachel Cotton
Jane Adams ... Mabel
Paul Parson Paul Parson ... Edward
Thomas Lauderdale Thomas Lauderdale ... Minister
Christopher D. Harder ... Funeral Director
Morgan Lee ... Driver
Kenneth L. Peterson Kenneth L. Peterson ... CT Technician
William J. Eggleston William J. Eggleston ... X-Ray Technician (as William Eggleston)
Chin Han ... Dr. Lee
Jhon Goodwin Jhon Goodwin ... Nurse Goodwin (as John Goodwin)
Kelleen Crawford ... Nurse Laura
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Storyline

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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 2011 (Egypt) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Gus Van Sant Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Portland, Oregon, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,467, 18 September 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$163,141, 18 December 2011
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (silent)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (as Datasat Digital Sound)| SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Hiroshi Takahashi says he died as a kamikaze pilot in 1941 but kamikaze tactics by Japan only began in late 1944. See more »

Quotes

Annabel Cotton: It's fine. And if it's not fine, it'll be fine.
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Alternate Versions

On home video, the movie was also released as a silent version, shot specifically by Van Sant during principal photography. This version is about 15 minutes shorter than the theatrical release. See more »

Connections

References Harold and Maude (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday
Written and performed by Sufjan Stevens
Courtesy of Asthmatic Kitty
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Lessons to be learned
22 December 2011 | by synevySee all my reviews

Restless tells the story of two controversial -but somehow the same- teenage characters and their perspectives of dealing with death. Enoch (Henry Hopper) has dropped out school and tries to cope and face his fears by attending funerals. That's how he meets Annabel (Mia Wasikowska), a girl with a terminal disease and a love for life and nature. There's also the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze Hiroshi (Ryo Kase), from WWII and it seems that he is a story inside the story of this film. Sometimes you may think that his part is unnecessary in the plot, although, in the end it turns out that he wasn't so much irrelevant after all.

The film is not as morbid as you might think. There won't be any moment where your heart will feel heavy. Every scene is a walk-through towards realization and the art of getting familiar with the absolute fact such as death and the importance of love and the "now" moment.

The photography is soft and atmospheric and so is the music. Keep in mind that the director (Gus Van Sant) is the one who also directed Good Will Hunting, a brilliant movie. I first saw Mia Wasikowska in Alice in Wonderland, then in Jane Eyre and i believe she's one of the many talented young actresses that'll stand out in the industry. Henry Hopper on the other hand is the son of the late -and great- Dennis Hopper. His filmography is still in its early stages but he seems very promising.


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