First trailer for Gus Van Sant’s RESTLESS

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
October 15th, 2010

Gus Van Sant is definitely one of the most interesting contemporary filmmakers out there. On the one hand, he's tackled subjects like high school shootings and skateboarders with a unique surreal approach to very real topics. On the other hand, he's directed mainstream films like MILK and GOOD WILL HUNTING, both of which I count as fantastic films. That's not to say I don't enjoy PARANOID PARK or ELEPHANT, but should speak to the variety of this director's work.

That variety that I speak of? Well, it's pretty evident in the trailer for his latest film - RESTLESS. Check it out, after the jump.

RESTLESS tells the story of a young couple, played by Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper, who each have their own unique personalities. Mia's character is a patient at what appears to be a mental hospital, while Henry Hopper's character has a ghost as his best friend. Naturally, the two fall in love.


I've seen Mia Wasikowska twice this year, in both ALICE IN WONDERLAND and THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT. Now, I like THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT substantially more than the other and Mia's performance is one major factor in the disparity. She's a great up-and-coming actress, who I'm excited to see more from. Henry Hopper looks to be starting his career, so this will be first I've seen of him.

This is a pretty sharp departure from Van Sant's earlier work, as he doesn't generally tackle romance in the conventional fashion. That being said, I couldn't be more excited to see this film as it just might show a lighter side to Van Sant's generally cynical outlook.

RESTLESS hits theaters on January 28, 2011.

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