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      The Restless

      2021 1h 57m Drama Romance List
      88% Tomatometer 17 Reviews Leila and Damien are deeply in love. Despite his bipolarity , he tries to pursue his life with her, knowing he may never be able to offer her what she desires. Read More Read Less

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      Randy Myers San Jose Mercury News It’s a remarkable work that never rings false. Rated: 3.5/4 May 11, 2023 Full Review Claire Shaffer New York Times Lafosse’s empathy as a director is admirable, but “The Restless” falls short of putting a compelling story to film. Apr 27, 2023 Full Review Steve Pond TheWrap Both actors are riveting in this sad duet. Jul 20, 2021 Full Review Filipe Freitas Always Good Movies This was Bonnard show all the way; he didn’t squander the opportunity to showcase his performing talents. Rated: 3/5 Aug 3, 2022 Full Review Javier Ocaña El Pais (Spain) An abyss threatens us at every turn of the remarkable The Restless. Also sadness, and of course, fear. But what remains is compassion. [Full review in Spanish] Jun 15, 2022 Full Review Irene Falvey Film Ireland Magazine The strength of this film lies in its ability to not divide everything about a mental health issue into black and white. Dec 13, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Chris J MOVIE REVIEW The Restless (Les intranquilles) – Genre: Drama Year Released: 2021, 2023 US premiere Runtime: 1h 57m Director(s): Joachim Lafosse Writer(s): Lou Du Pontavice, Juliette Goudot, Pablo Guarise, Joachim Lafosse Cast: Leïla Bekhti, Damien Bonnard, Gabriel Merz Chammah, Patrick Descamps, Jules Waringo, Alexandre Gavras Where To Watch: making its U.S. premiere on April 28, 2023, exclusively on Film Movement Plus RAVING REVIEW: Joachim Lafosse has created a unique and vital world in THE RESTLESS, where audiences are immersed in the reality and challenges of bipolar disorder as it spotlights the emotional rollercoaster between Leila and Damien. Damien Bonnard, who plays Damien, wrestles with maintaining stability in his life despite his ongoing battle with his mental health and desire to meet Leïla's (Leïla Bekhti) expectations. THE RESTLESS illustrates the unrelenting impact of someone living with bipolar disorder, as Damien is shown living in organized chaos within his world. Leila is caught in Damien's whirlwind life as she juggles his unpredictable moods and the care of their son Amine, played by Gabriel Merz Chammah. Damien, a gifted painter, frequently finds his bipolar disorder tied to the classic connection between genius and balancing the unpredictable. He pours himself into his artistry, painting fervently, while Leila strives to bring stability by trying to help with medication and figuring out his way of life. The film offers an insightful exploration of the hurdles faced by those with bipolar disorder and their loved ones. Initially, Leila appears to be dampening Damien's zest for life. We ultimately see Leila fighting a losing battle without the ability to handle the situation the best way. Damien finally needs help to the extent that she may be unable to deliver. Lafosse utilizes music to set the tone and evoke emotions, especially in scenes where you can see their love and shared energy. Somehow the script remains a very well-done affair. I am traditionally against having this many cooks in the kitchen, but they handle it with stride, creating a cohesive world and characters that inhabit it naturally. Distinct from mental health-themed movies that fall prey to clichéd sentiments, THE RESTLESS offers an authentic exploration of the challenges faced by those with bipolar disorder and the subsequent impact on their relationships. While not perfect, I recognize that heart and effort were put into showing this disorder compassionately, even while the plot line has to have a character struggling with how to handle it. Both performances by Damien Bonnard and Leïla Bekhti were remarkable for their attention to detail; THE RESTLESS is an engaging watch for those seeking a deeper understanding of the complexities of bipolar disorder. Joachim Lafosse's expert direction and storytelling make this film an unforgettable experience, shedding light on the struggles and triumphs of individuals affected by mental illness and their loved ones. For more reviews, please visit – for more info. Follow me on Letterboxd, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. Find my social media accounts on most platforms simply by searching Overly Honest Movie Reviews. I'm always happy to hear from my readers; please say hi or send me any questions about movies. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Leila and Damien are deeply in love. Despite his bipolarity , he tries to pursue his life with her, knowing he may never be able to offer her what she desires.
      Joachim Lafosse
      Anton Iffland-Stettner, Eva Kuperman, Jani Thiltges, Alexandre Gavras, Antonino Lombardo
      Joachim Lafosse, Juliette Goudot, Anne-Lise Morin, Francois Pirot, Chloé Léonil, Lou du Pontavice, Pablo Guarise
      Production Co
      Proximus, KG Productions, Voo & be TV, Samsa Film, Shelter prod, Stenola Productions, Prime Time, RTBF
      Drama, Romance
      Original Language
      French (France)
      1h 57m
      Aspect Ratio
      Scope (2.35:1)