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Restless

Restless
Director: Gus van Sant

USA, Drama, 2011, 91 min
Annabel Cotton is a beautiful and charming terminal cancer patient with a deep felt love of life and the natural world. Enoch Brae is a young man who has dropped out of the business of living, after an accident claimed the life of his parents. For Enoch, it includes his best friend Hiroshi who happens to be the ghost of a Kamikaze fighter pilot. For Annabel, it involves an admiration of Charles Darwin and an interest in how other creatures live. When these two outsiders chance to meet at a funeral, they find an unexpected common ground in their unique experiences of the world. Upon learning of Annabel's imminent early passing, Enoch offers to help her face her last days with an irreverent abandon, playing with tempting fate and even death itself. “Restless” follows Annabel and Enoch’s complex and moving journey together as it culminates in their acceptance of themselves. The relationships they share with their friends, families and each other teach them their greatest lessons of all - that every end begets its own kind of rebirth, and love is deathless.

About the director:

Gus Van Sant, born in 1952, is an American director, screenwriter, painter, photographer, musician, and author. He was nominated for a Best Director Oscar for his 1997 film “Good Will Hunting” and his 2008 film “Milk”, and won the Palme d'Or at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival for his film “Elephant” (2003). He lives in Portland, Oregon. His early career was devoted to directing television commercials in the Pacific Northwest. In his films, he has dealt with themes concerning homosexuality and other marginalized subcultures.
Section: Wide Angle

Screenplay: Jason Lew

Dir. of Photography: Harris Savides

Music: Danny Elfman

Cast: Henry Lee Hopper, Mia Wasikowska, Ryo Kase, Schuyler Fisk, Jane Adams, Chin Han, Lusia Strus