Gabe Nevins, Dan Liu, Jake Miller
Heartstoppingly beautiful, close-up confession, from the most creatively ambitious of US directors.
Winner of the 60th Anniversary Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival, Gus Van Sant's latest work continues the oblique, lyrical trajectory established by Gerry, Elephant and Last Days. Yet despite its layered narrative and hypnotic visual and sound design, Paranoid Park is also an immediate, frequently funny exploration of the coping mechanisms that kick in when disaster strikes. The titular location is a skate park where young boarder Alex (Gabe Nevins) forms a casual acquaintanceship that will change him forever. Based on Blake Nelson's novel, shot by Christopher Doyle, and peopled by a non-professional cast sourced largely from MySpace, this is a devastating fusion of sensitive storytelling and boldly original construction.
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