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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?

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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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

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 »

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: [to Enoch] I am the spirit of this forest. Come with me.
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Connections

References Love Story (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Annabel's Wake
Written by Jordan Dykstra and Danny Elfman
Arranged by Marc Mann
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Food for the Heart and the Mind
11 December 2011 | by eldestjaySee all my reviews

I cannot tell you how much I adore this film. Restless is one of the greatest movies ever made. It's simple, but it's complex. It's confusing, yet it's still subtle. It's charming, dark, funny, romantic, bold, and shy all at the same time. It's truly a masterpiece, and it's one of the most under-appreciated movies of all time. 

The acting is phenomenal. Mia Wasikowski, is truly a little actress. She was the only good part about Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and she adds charm, liveliness, and quirkiness to an already fantastic film.  I had never heard of the title actor before Restless, and after watching the preview, I wasn't that impressed with him. But during the actual movie, he took my soul on a journey. 

This movie is unbelievably good. It's honest. Not only about life, but about the moments in life that make it so special.  If I had to create a moral for the film it would be: Don't count the days until life ends, count the moments with the ones you love.

It truly is magnificent. It's A Walk to Remember, only with ghosts, snow angels, and a dash of lovable-ness that the Adam Shankman classic was always missing.


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