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

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Critic Reviews for Restless City

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"Restless City" is tumescent with atmosphere.

Aug 16, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"Restless City" possesses a poetic, contemplative sensibility as attuned to the vagrant beauty of polyglot urban life as to its chaotic unpredictability.

May 4, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 26, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

In its portrait of a "Restless City" the film is strangely inert and feels like the work of image-makers, not storytellers.

Apr 26, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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...

Apr 24, 2012 | Full Review…

Restless City looks gorgeous, but has nothing to say.

Aug 16, 2012 | Full Review…

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.

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