Most teenagers are haunted by the difficult past they imagine that they've led, the hardships of uncomfortable adolescence and awkward puberties, paranoid that the unworthy shadow self that they so desperate try to hide will follow and engulf them. If that's not enough pressure, imagine actually being haunted by a conflicted spirit, followed around at all times by a soul that died too young.
That's the case here in Gus Van Sant's "Restless," the story of a teen, played by Henry Hopper, who is followed by the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot, though it seems less haunting than a sort of strange friendship. Which is really all you can ask for as a teen. Co-starring is "Alice In Wonderland" and "The Kids Are All Right" star Mia Wasikowska, who has her own haunting secret -- one that faces death in an entirely different way.
What seems like a conventional romantic dramedy of high school yearning, then, is given a new breathe of life (and death), as Van Sant once again takes on adolescence in a tougher, more real way than most directors.
Check out the trailer below; the film is set to hit theaters on September 16th.