Paranoid Park Review By Todd McCarthy

By TODD MCCARTHY

An IFC Films release of an MK2 production of a Marin Karmitz, Nathanael Karmitz presentation. (International sales: MK2, Paris.) Produced by Neil Kopp, David Cress. Directed, written, edited by Gus Van Sant, based on the novel by Blake Nelson.

Alex – Gabe Nevins
Jennifer – Taylor Momsen
Jared – Jake Miller
Det. Richard Lu – Dan Liu
Macy – Lauren McKinney
Scratch – Scott Green

Another immersion in the slacker/grunge milieu by Gus Van Sant, “Paranoid Park” is a deeply subjective portrait of a teenager’s state of denial about a death he has inadvertently caused. Through immaculate use of picture, sound and time, the director adds another panel to his series of pictures about disaffected, disconnected youth. Aesthetically in line with “Gerry,” “Elephant” and “Last Days,” this is a rarified, arid artwork that will register with Van Sant’s hardcore fans but leave anyone looking for more conventional satisfactions, notably teenagers themselves, impatient and unfulfilled. Commercial career of this French-financed feature will follow in the very modest footsteps of the helmer’s recent work.

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