Restless sounds like scriptwriter Lew overdosed on Juno. Director Van Sant, who has shown that he knows about that awkward age (Elephant, Paranoid Park), seems to have been mesmerized by his leads’ model looks (Hopper, son of Dennis, and Wasikowska do look great, if too old) and never quite manages to get them to be convincing. A shame really, because you do want to like Enoch and brain-tumored Annabel in their tragic love story that’s reminiscent of, yes exactly, Love Story.
Restless | Directed by Gus Van Sant (USA 2011), with Mia Wasikowska, Henry Hopper. Starts October 20th