Restless City (2012)



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Restless City tells the story of an Africa immigrant surviving on the fringes of New York City where music is his passion, life is a hustle, and falling in love is his greatest risk. -- (C) Official Site

Rating: R (for some drug use and brief sexuality)
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Eugene M. Gussenhoven
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 9, 2012
Box Office: $8.1k
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

"Restless City" is tumescent with atmosphere.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Boston Globe
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"Restless City" possesses a poetic, contemplative sensibility as attuned to the vagrant beauty of polyglot urban life as to its chaotic unpredictability.

Full Review… | May 4, 2012
Washington Post
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Mr. Dosunmu seems to have directed all his actors to pause before delivering lines, giving a languor to the film that comes to feel studied.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
New York Times
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In its portrait of a "Restless City" the film is strangely inert and feels like the work of image-makers, not storytellers.

Full Review… | April 26, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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Told in an elliptical style with a pacing and jagged rhythms that take some getting used to, the thrust and power of the film lies in its poetic imagery...

Full Review… | April 24, 2012
Village Voice
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Full Review… | April 27, 2012
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Restless City

In "Restless City," Djibril(Sy Assane) is a recent immigrant to New York City from Dakar, Senegal. Currently, he makes his living as a sidewalk vendor. Sometime in the future, he hopes to make a living through his own music. Enter Trini(Sky Grey).

"Restless City" could be thought of as a sincere examination of an immigrant's struggles in America. Making matters harder is his running afoul of the wrong people.

At least, that's what I thought it might be about, as "Restless City" is so drowning in style and jump cuts, it is hard to make sense of some of it. It's all the more aggravating and confounding, considering this kind of difficult approach is not the right way to go with the limited means on display.

Walter M.

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