There's indie quirky and there's obnoxious indie quirky. Gus Van Sant's new film, "Restless," is mostly the latter.
There’s indie quirky and there’s obnoxious indie quirky. Gus Van Sant’s new film, “Restless,” is mostly the latter.
It may find a nice audience among moody misfit teenagers, but there are much better options for them, too.
Our protagonist is Enoch Brae (Henry Hopper), a morose teen who attends funerals of people he doesn’t know while wearing thrift store suits.
At one such funeral, he meets Annabel Cotton (Mia Wasikowska), a terminally ill teenage girl. They develop a sweet and unlikely affinity for one another.
Oh, and Enoch also converses with the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot.
Van Sant keeps this in the vein of his other recent low-budget indies, only it’s a lot lighter than, say, “Elephant.”
Still, it’s so wrapped up in the angst of being young, it’s hard to find depth here. I tend to relate to characters like this. Not here.