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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.

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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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: He is kind of different.
Elizabeth Cotton: Different could be good.
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Soundtracks

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performed by Marc Mann
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A flawed indie drama that misses its potential.
22 February 2012 | by lewiskendellSee all my reviews

Mia Wasikowska seems to be drawn to these quirky indie movies, and she should be because she's good at them. She's the best thing about Restless, a drama about an emotionally wounded young man, a dying young woman, the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot, and birds. 

Unfortunately, she's not the main character. That's Enoch, played by Henry Hopper. He's just not right for the role, and veers between unlikable and uninteresting. Restless also seems a bit unfocused, as well, as if the concept wasn't properly expanded by the writer into a full story. It starts off with promise, only to lose some of my interest on the way to the mishandled ending. 

As a result, the movie just isn't everything it could have been. I liked it, it's just hard to not be somewhat disappointed by the wasted potential. There are resonant moments throughout the story, but there are just as many scenes that just seem hollow or misplaced. Restless could have been very good, instead it's just okay. 


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