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6,869 Ratings

Paranoid Park

Directed by Gus Van Sant
United States, France, 2007


An unsolved murder at Portland’s infamous Paranoid skateboard 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 also the consequences of his own actions.

Our take

Following Elephant and Last Days, Gus Van Sant returned to Cannes with this dreamlike tale of guilt and loneliness in suburbia. Shot by Christopher Doyle, the legendary DP best known for his work with Wong Kar-wai, Paranoid Park is a rare, haunting immersion into youth and its deluge of emotions.

Paranoid Park Directed by Gus Van Sant

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2007 | Winner: 60th Anniversary Prize

Independent Spirit Awards

2008 | Winner: Producers Award

2008 | 2 nominations including: Best Feature

Critics reviews

Paranoid Park may seem like a sketch, yet it catches in luminous amber a moment when reality bloodily, necessarily pierces the myth of adolescent purity.
August 27, 2009
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Conjuring a submersive audio/visual atmosphere that is neither dreamy nor exactly expressionistic, Paranoid Park nevertheless gets into the headspace of its young high school skater protagonist and treats with supreme respect what might be best described as a blown mind.
March 07, 2008
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It is a modestly scaled triumph without a false or wasted moment.
March 07, 2008
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