Gus Van Sant’s delicate drama Restless
feels like a natural creative evolution from his “death trilogy” of Gerry
, and Last Days
. In those three indie films, the auteur examined the mind-sets of different people leading up to their deaths. Restless
, similar to his Paranoid Park
, finds Van Sant exploring what happens to the people who live on after getting their first glimpses of death.
The movie stars Henry Hopper (son of Dennis) as Enoch, an emotionally withdrawn, quirky teenager who goes to strangers’ funerals and plays Battleship with his only friend, a kamikaze pilot who is either a figment of his imaginat...