Restless (2011 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gus Van Sant
Produced by Gus Van Sant
Bryce Dallas Howard
Ron Howard
Brian Grazer
Written by Jason Lew
Starring Henry Hopper
Mia Wasikowska
Music by Danny Elfman
Cinematography Harris Savides
Edited by Elliot Graham
Distributed by Sony Pictures Classics
Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • May 12, 2011 (2011-05-12) (Cannes)
  • September 16, 2011 (2011-09-16) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $8 million[1]
Box office $163,265[1]

Restless is a 2011 British-American drama film directed by Gus Van Sant and written by Jason Lew. It stars Henry Hopper and Mia Wasikowska. Shot in Portland, Oregon, United States, and produced by Bryce Dallas Howard, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer for Sony Pictures Classics and Imagine Entertainment, it was released by Columbia Pictures on September 16, 2011.[2] It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on May 12.[3]


A young man, Enoch, is out of school and has been befriended by a ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot. For unexplained reasons, he attends the funerals of strangers without invitation; at one of these he meets a young woman, Annabel, who says she works with children who have cancer, and the two start spending time together. Later Annabel acknowledges she has cancer herself, a fact which Enoch appears to accommodate, even when Annabel discovers she has only three months left to live. As their relationship becomes romantic, Enoch's placidity is explained by his own history of near-death experience, but when the loss of Annabel becomes a reality his behaviour betrays more evidence of turmoil. Annabel accepts and reacts to this. At Annabel's memorial Enoch asks to speak, but before he says anything memories of the couple's happiness together appear to resolve his grief.



The film was produced through Columbia Pictures and Imagine Entertainment by daughter and father Bryce Dallas Howard and Ron Howard, as well as Brian Grazer.[4] In August 2009, Gus Van Sant signed on to direct Restless.[5] Based on a play by Jason Lew, the story centers on young love and mortality.[4][5] Lew and Bryce Dallas Howard were fellow drama students at New York University; she encouraged him to take his project further and agreed to be a producer on the script. Her father Ron wanted to direct, but his schedule did not allow for it; "It was honestly like, 'If we could get a Gus Van Sant-type director...' That's what we were saying. We never thought we would actually get him to direct it," Bryce Dallas Howard said in an interview for the film's soundtrack release. "But he said yes immediately, and five weeks later we were shooting."[6] Casting was done in Los Angeles with the intention of casting unknowns for the leads.[7] In October 2009, Mia Wasikowska joined the project as the female lead.[4] Wasikowska cut her hair for the film.[8] The following November, Henry Hopper was cast as the male lead.[9] Danny Elfman composed the score.[10]

Principal photography began in Portland, Oregon on November 12, 2009 and concluded in December.[9][11][12] Post-production was completed in July 2010.[13]

Henry Hopper's father, Dennis Hopper, had been suffering from prostate cancer from October 2009[14] until his eventual death from the disease on 29 May 2010,[15] and the film was dedicated to his memory.


A trailer was released in October 2010.[16] Restless was initially scheduled for release on January 28, 2011, but Columbia announced that they had pulled it from that slot in hopes of opening it later in the year.[17] Columbia consequently withdrew the film from the 2011 Sundance Film Festival lineup as well.[18]

Restless was released on September 16, 2011 by Sony Pictures Classics.[2] The film opened the Un Certain Regard section of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on May 12.[3]

The film was released on DVD and Blu-ray on January 24, 2012. In addition to numerous featurettes, the Blu-ray release also contains a silent version of the film.[19] The silent version runs at 76 minutes and contains takes in which Van Sant asked the actors to act as if there was a silent version of the script.[20]


The film received mixed to negative reviews; it currently holds a 37% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with the consensus "Mia Wasikowska puts in a nuanced performance but nobody else, actors and directors included, are capable of finding a compelling angle beneath the twee veneer."[21] On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics' reviews, the film has 48/100, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[22]


In 2013 La-La Land Records released a limited edition album of Danny Elfman's score.[23]

Track listing (the titles are intentionally all in lower case):

  1. titles 2:41
  2. battleship 1:09
  3. reconciliation 1:26
  4. sorry for your loss 1:54
  5. waterbirds 1:43
  6. meet the parents 2:20
  7. on the beach 2:09
  8. hiroshima 1:06
  9. morning affair 1:33
  10. morgue 1:18
  11. crime scene 2:45
  12. death scene 2:06
  13. happy dead girl 1:11
  14. battleship 2 1:50
  15. a ghost 1:00
  16. the letter 1:34
  17. parents' grave 1:49
  18. weepy donuts 3:31
  19. enoch's goodbye 1:21


  1. 1.0 1.1 Restless at Box Office Mojo
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jagernauth, Kevin (April 25, 2011). "Gus Van Sant’s ‘Restless’ Gets September 16th Release Date". indieWire. Retrieved April 25, 2011. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Leffler, Rebecca (April 13, 2011). "Gus Van Sant's 'Restless' to Open Cannes Un Certain Regard". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 13, 2011. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Zeitchik, Steven (October 8, 2009). "Mia Wasikowska in talks for 'Restless'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 4, 2011. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Franklin, Garth (August 24, 2009). "Gus van Sant Feels "Restless"". Dark Horizons. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  6. Grieving, Tim. "of winter and waterbirds". liner notes, soundtrack album, La-La Land Records LLLCD 1274. 
  7. Radish, Christina (September 13, 2011). "Director Gus Van Sant Interview RESTLESS". Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  8. Hawkins, Joanne (February 20, 2010). "Mia Wasikowska is a wondering star". The Courier-Mail. Retrieved February 20, 2010. 
  9. 9.0 9.1 Kit, Borys (November 12, 2009). "Gus Van Sant film keeps it in the family". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved April 8, 2010. [dead link]
  10. Weintraub, Steve (March 3, 2009). "Danny Elfman Exclusive Interview ALICE IN WONDERLAND - Talks WOLFMAN, Composing, More". Retrieved April 8, 2010. 
  11. "Gus Van Sant shoots new movie in North Portland". Sentinel News Service. November 11, 2009. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  12. Nepales, Ruben V. (March 5, 2010). "Newcomer goes from Alice to Jane Eyre". Retrieved April 8, 2010. 
  13. Cherif, Karim (May 31, 2010). "Interview with Oscar nominee Elliot Graham (Milk)". Retrieved June 5, 2010. [dead link]
  14. AP (October 29, 2009). Dennis Hopper's manager reports prostate cancer diagnosis. AP. Retrieved 2010-05-29.
  15. Goodman, Dean; Reuters. (May 29, 2010). "Hollywood hellraiser Dennis Hopper dead at 74". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2010-05-29. [dead link]
  16. "'Restless' Trailer: Mia Wasikowska Loves a Funeral Crasher in Gus Van Sant's Latest". Moviefone. October 15, 2010. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  17. Stewart, Andrew (November 30, 2010). "Sony shifts 'Restless' release". Variety. Retrieved April 8, 2011. 
  18. Means, Sean P. (December 3, 2010). "Sundance '11: The ones that got away". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved December 3, 2010. 
  19. "Restless Blu-ray (Updated)". November 14, 2011. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  20. Lumbard, Neil (February 1, 2012). "Restless (Blu-ray) : DVD Talk Review of the Blu-ray". DVD Talk. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  21. Restless at Rotten Tomatoes
  22. Restless at Metacritic

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