The cinematography seems to reflect the emotion and feeling of the boy. He doesn't see his parents and girlfriend but beautiful skateboarders. He has his world in his mind (Strange songs such as Fellini's film music express that very much)and he might think nobody can understand him. So maybe he just wants to go outside "the paranoid park", then he follows the man at the Paranoid Park. I liked this film very much.
Gus Van Sant dépeint une fois de plus l'Amérique juvénile et sa jeunesse désabusée, volontairement intouchable, en manque perpétuel de sensations fortes. Des ados malgré eux criminels tant ils sont détachés d'absolument tout, des émotions comme des événements et qui voient en la sous culture du skate le symbole d'une rébellion nonchalante et le refus des toutes puissantes institutions américaines.
a good movie around the theme of adolescence, which is already a complicated topic on its own. the symbolic paranoid park and what happens there serves as an effective background to the narrative. gabe nevins beautifully embodies the bored, silent, head in the clouds kind of teenager, being very subtle and natural.
Gus Van Sant direction is always interesting. The music, the moving camera, the fragmented narration and the really natural dialogues drop us in the world and mind of a teenager involved in something really difficult to handle. The story is not so strong and at some point it starts to wander around with no destination.
Remarkably free of prejudice towards the people and social groups portrayed, the film radiates an unusual kind of warmth. Virtually every character in and out of focus is, crudely speaking, "nice". The feeling of pain and retained anguish is distilled, instead of drowned in vulgarity and the shouting outer world. The film abstracts from the horrifying tragedy by its refusal to represent it in a melodramatic way. ...