Paranoid Park

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Released 2008

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Director:
Gus Van Sant
Released:
2008
Rating:
R
An unsolved murder at Portland's infamous Paranoid Park brings detectives to a local high school, propelling a young skater into a moral odyssey where he must not only deal with the pain and disconnect of adolescence but the consequences of his own actions. As director of My Own Private Idaho, Good Will Hunting, To Die For and Elephant, Gus Van Sant has created some of the most memorable films about youth ever committed to film. At the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, he was awarded the 60th Anniversary Prize for Paranoid Park which is largely considered on of his finest films. Based on the novel by Blake Nelson and photographed by the incomparable Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love), this indie drama from IFC Films has captivated audiences worldwide, becoming a unanimous standout at the Cannes, New York and Toronto Film Festivals.

Metacritic Score

  • 100

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    A haunting, voluptuously beautiful portrait of a teenage boy who, after being suddenly caught in midflight, falls to earth.

  • 100

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Youth and death meet again in Gus Van Sant's Paranoid Park, a gorgeously stark, mesmerizingly elliptical story told in the same lyrical-prosaic style that has characterized his lat...

  • 90

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Through immaculate use of picture, sound and time, the director adds another panel to his series of pictures about disaffected, disconnected youth.

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