Paranoid Park

Rating: NNNParanoid Park (Seville, 2007) D: Gus Van Sant, w/ Gabe Nevins, Taylor Momsen. Rating: NNN DVD package: n/aProvided you're.


Rating: NNN


Paranoid Park (Seville, 2007) D: Gus Van Sant, w/ Gabe Nevins, Taylor Momsen. Rating: NNN DVD package: n/a

Provided you’re willing to let go of the dramatic conventions that demand rising action leading to a cli­max, Gus Van Sant’s quiet study of a teen being crushed by guilt works well as a mood piece.

Sixteen-year-old Alex (Gabe Nev­ins), already quietly disturbed by his parents’ pending divorce, starts hang­ing around the titular skateboard park. One night, he causes a death. He doesn’t know what to do or who to tell.

Van Sant keeps us rigorously confined to Alex’s point of view with an array of visual devices, well-chosen music and smooth pacing to produce a foggy feeling that bypasses both sympathy and judgment but leaves us wondering at the value of his final choice.

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