Who is the most unfortunate film character of all time
"Saw a good funeral the other day?" - In Gus Van Sants (Good Will Hunting) current film Restless two teenagers meet with a bizarre hobby: They attend funeral services like other parties of the same age. There is more than eccentricity behind the flirtation with the death of the two. The young professional among America's directors takes a good 90 minutes to tell a stylish fairy tale about love and death.
Since the classic Harold and Maude (1971) one can also laugh at the morbid in the cinema. And when vampires present the dream princes of young girls on the screen today, love seems to have finally conquered death. Enoch (Henry Hopper) does not get along quite from this world Restless in front. The outsider wears grandpa's old clothes and otherwise looks rather weird in a good way. When he's not sneaking back to a funeral service and getting into trouble with the undertaker, who thinks he's either the "most unfortunate boy in the world or a sick joker," he meets up with his Japanese ghost friend Hiroshi (Ryo Kase). He died as a kamikaze aviator in World War II, but can still play sinking ships very well and Enoch is available as a patient listener.
As is so often the case here, too, a woman brings unrest into this clearly defined male friendship. Annabel (Mia Wasikowska) also shows a great interest in everything that has to do with death. She describes herself as a naturalist and supporter of Charles Darwin. Fascinated by nature and the wild animals, she sees life and death completely unsentimentally. At least she wants to make herself and her environment believe it, because her days as a cancer patient are numbered. Before she has to leave, she wants to find out as much as possible and know about this world - including what it feels like to be in love.
More interested than shocked, Enoch receives the news of Annabel's fate. He offers her to spend the last few days with her and face death. But this friendship service becomes more after a Halloween night in which the two are pursued and have to flee. Enoch, who moved into an emotional snail shell after the accidental death of his parents, finds it difficult to allow these feelings to occur. It turns out that he is actually the one who has to come to terms with himself in the face of dying.
Annabel's family watches with concern as Enoch incites the terminally ill girl to morbid productions - be it a murderous role play or the tracing of her body outlines on the street as in a criminal case. The film thus generates playful, stylish scenes, which are supplemented by precocious dialogues, but leaves the heart missing. When the story slips into a clean melodrama towards the end, you can hardly believe that Gus Van Sant was really involved.
In addition to the experienced Mia Wasikowska - here with a pixie cut instead of the long-haired Alice in Wonderland - the actor's son Henry Hopper looks a bit wooden in his debut. However, its charm and its bulky, but therefore all the more appealing outsider film character is definitely enough to charm teenage girls in the cinema.
Restless gets 3 out of 5 hats.
(Source: teleschau - the media service | Diemuth Schmidt)
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