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
R (for some drug use and brief sexuality)
Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Sy Alassane
as Djibril
Sky Grey
as Trini
Femi Olagok
as Thug 1
Mohamed Dione
as Pesher
Osas Ighodaro
as Adinike
Maduka Steady
as Ten Step
Ger Duany
as Rocky
Aspen Steib
as Letta
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Critic Reviews for Restless City

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (5)

"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 3, 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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Restless City looks gorgeous, but has nothing to say.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Boston Phoenix

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.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

The only path I know is music. An immigrant from Africa struggles on the streets of New York as a delivery driver. He is an aspiring musician that is also on the lookout for love. He starts seeing a prostitute in a very dramatic but unique relationship. How will this strange pairing survive? "This can be a very hard city." Andrew Dosunmu, director of Hot Irons, Mother of George, and the Yizo Yizo TV series, delivers Restless City. The storyline for this picture is interesting and has a nice blend of grit and realism. The characters are interesting and compelling and the script is well written. The cast delivers better than average performances and includes Mohamed Dione, Danai Gurira, Osas Ighodaro, Zoey Martinson, and Femi Olagoke. "You think you're too beautiful for me?" The Restless City is a movie that grabbed my attention based on its interesting plot. The movie itself was just above average and I felt the characters could have been better developed. Overall, I do recommend seeing this movie once but I wouldn't kill myself to see it. "I'll see you at the top." Grade: C+

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Great high quality filming & cinematography, but loses stream without context to the action. I couldn't finish it..

Thomas Porter
Thomas Porter

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