Henry Hopper, son of the late, great Dennis, stars as Enoch, a teenager with a peculiar obsession with mortality. Enoch is friends with Hiroshi (Ryo Kase), the ghost of a Japanese kamikaze pilot, with whom is plays Battleships, and attends the funerals of strangers. At one such memorial service he encounters Annabel (Mia Wasikowska). Annabel, we soon learn, is entering the final stages of terminal cancer, and only has a few months to live. She loves Charles Darwin and the study of nature.
The film's quirkiness is undeniable, and it is difficult to justify all of it. Hiroshi's presence is not grating, but the concept of the ghost kamikaze does seem a bit of a stretch, no matter how thematically relevant it is. There is something about the story which just doesn't quite seem to fit, and it is difficult to say what that could be - Wasikowska's lack of visible sickness is certainly a huge debilitating factor.
Restless is a good film, though not a great one. It is so gentle a watch that whenever someone expresses an emotion stronger than vague contentment or slight melancholy it jars slightly. The romance aspect is cute and charming, though it perhaps doesn't quite satisfactorily express what Jason Lew's screenplay wanted to say. It's not so much like attending a stranger's funeral as watching a film about it.