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Annabel Cotton (Mia Wasikowska) is a beautiful and charming terminal cancer patient with a deep felt love of life and the natural world. Enoch Brae (Henry Hopper) is a young man who has dropped out of the business of living, after an accident claimed the life of his parents. When these two outsiders chance to meet at a funeral, they find an unexpected common ground in their unique experiences of the world. For Enoch, it includes his best friend Hiroshi (Ryo Kase) who happens to be the ghost of a Kamikaze fighter pilot. For Annabel, it involves an admiration of Charles Darwin and an interest in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 36%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If you haven't seen a wasting disease in real life, you might think "Restless" is romantic. If you have, you might diagnose it as terminally cute."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"This low-budget movie takes its time filling in the backgrounds of its characters. That works for a while, but when it's over you may wonder if that's all there is."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"This movie pretends it's about death -- our couple meets because Enoch crashes funerals, a literary device that has no relevance here -- but it never scratches past the perfect pale void faces of its leads."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"A slight tale whose self-conscious indie quirks fail to lift it beyond familiar Disease of the Week formula."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Gus Van Sant staggers back and forth across that line like a drunk with a busted stopwatch."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Herald Sun (Australia)
"All surface, no thought and quite horribly empty."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Gus Van Sant doesn't make bad movies."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Better stock up on tissues."
‑ Sarah Dobbs, SFX Magazine
"The couple's ability to see through how people perceive courageous behavior in the face of death forms the heart of the film. Van Sant illustrates that those trappings usually exist only to make the ones who are not sick feel better about themselves."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Driven by the brave performances of its two young leads, this tender and emotionally resonant film thoughtfully challenges our ideas surrounding death."
‑ Kate Quirk, FILMINK (Australia)
"Restless is consciously lovely in the face of death. How rare."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Van Sant lays on the whimsy with a trowel; Wasikowska's quirky thrift-store wardrobe and twinkling performance are enough to trigger migraines."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Quirky, death-obsessed...oddly touching...faintly amusing"
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"Had Restless been a silent film it may have been some kind of stylish masterpiece."
‑ Thomas Caldwell, Cinema Autopsy
"A tenderly stylistic evocation of young love wrapped inside a New Wave-esque bundle of wistfulness and nervous energy, and a well constructed little diorama. But one whose elicited feelings do not, alas, linger."
‑ Brent Simon,
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