Enoch Brae (Henry Hopper, son of Dennis) is a young man who is obsessed with death to the point where he attends random funerals for fun. Enoch meets a kindred soul in plucky young cancer patient Annabel Cotton (Mia Wasikowska) and they go on dates to funeral homes, elementary school soccer games and hospital-set blood transfusions accompanied by the ghost of a long-deceased Japanese kamikaze pilot that serves as Enoch’s conscience (accomplished young Japanese actor Ryo Kase, look him up, always a pleasure). You’d expect the film to veer into uncharted territory with the presence of accomplished director Gus Van Sant, but Restless never reaches higher than base levels of cutesy quirk that invoke obvious films from the past (Harold and Maude). It’s a safe, accessible outing for Van Sant, but it really doesn’t amount to much more than your typical modern Love Story.
Restless opens today at the Ritz at the Bourse.
Author: Eric Bresler
Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of Cinedelphia.com whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.