Restless City (2012)
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Critic Reviews for Restless City
"Restless City" possesses a poetic, contemplative sensibility as attuned to the vagrant beauty of polyglot urban life as to its chaotic unpredictability.
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.
In its portrait of a "Restless City" the film is strangely inert and feels like the work of image-makers, not storytellers.
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...
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.
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+
Great high quality filming & cinematography, but loses stream without context to the action. I couldn't finish it..
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