Film, Reviews

Paranoid Park (2007)

I haven’t seen teenage depression and angst so insightfully explored before. This is the story of an average kid, in high school. The morose feelings he displays, are clear from the start.

To make things worse, a cataclysmic event ruptures his bland life, and now he has to run from a devastating secret. Paradoxically the crime he commits doesn’t heighten his fear as much as his introversion. Shortly after he has sex with his girlfriend, and even this doesn’t stir him.

He mopes around for most of the movie. His narration adds insight into his fear, and loneliness. This is a story about skating, broken-off friendship, and the pain of being a teenager.

I found this moving, not to mention cinematography that enhances the experience.



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