Leave it to Gus Van Sant to make Restless. Restless is a movie about a terminally ill girl Annabel (Mia Wasikowska of Alice in Wonderland); Enoch, a boy who enjoys funerals (Henry Hopper and son of the late Dennis Hopper); and Hiroshi, a ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot from WWII (Ryo Kase of Letters of Iwo Jima). The film reminds me a of Harold and Maude from the 1970s, which was morbidly sentimental, in an interesting way.
Van Sant is well-known for his unconventional style and quirky characters. His best known films are Milk, Elephant, Good Will Hunting, Even Cowgirls Get the Blues, My Own Private Idaho, etc. Van Sant is one of those directors who people either really like or really hate.
Restless is set for wide release September 16, 2011.