Is it a rule that a major film festival has to have a disingenuous, painfully quirky coming-of-age film? This year’s Sundance Film Festival had one with Homework (re-titled to The Art of Getting By when it was released in theaters) and TIFF 2011 has at least one with Gus Van Sant’s Restless. A collection of meaningless quirks and affectations, Restless obnoxiously makes it way to the banal conclusion that we must accept death. It succeeds in that it will make you pray for your own demise if it means you don’t have to keep watching such an awful movie.
A new trailer for director Gus Van Sant’s (Milk) new film Restless has been released. The film tells the story of a terminally ill girl (Mia Wasikowska) who, during her last remaining months, befriends a boy (Henry Hopper) whose best friend is a ghost. Van Sant has a knack for small dramas, and judging by the trailer Restless seems to be no exception. Wasikowska and Hopper look great, and the story is quirky with a touch of heartbreak.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. In addition to Wasikowska and Hopper, the film stars Ryo Kase and Schuyler Fisk. Produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, Restless is poised to hit theaters on September 16th.
Gus Van Sant knows how to direct drama and Restless appears to be yet another in the familiar mold. Of course, this one involves a ghost to mix things up a bit, but by and large the film seems relatively understated. Now we have a brand new trailer for the film and while I’m not sold yet, I am interested. This is the first writing credit for actor Jason Lew. Restless stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and I can’t wait to see her in more films. Hit the jump for the trailer and synopsis. Restless opens on January 28th, 2011.
Gus Van Sant landed a mainstream critical success and earned a Best Director Oscar-nomination for his last film, 2008′s Milk. Now his new film, Restless, which stars Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Henry Hopper (son of Dennis Hopper), has landed a release date of January 28, 2011, according to Box Office Mojo. The plot [via The Playlist] centers on “a 16-year-old-girl (Wasikowska) who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness and falls in love with an off-beat boy (Hopper) who likes to attend funerals and is suffering from the death of his family — which somehow produces the ghost of a young, Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII (played Ryo Kase).” It doesn’t really sound like the mainstream fare of a film like Milk, but it’s certainly an interesting premise.
Restless will now go up against the comedy drama Kids in America (starring Topher Grace and Anna Faris) and the rebel exorcist flick The Rite (starring Anthony Hopkins). [The set photo above is from Progressive Values blogger Paul Hooson (who's standing between Hopper and Wasikowska)]