Alex has to cope not only with being a young teenager, but his possible involvement with a local murder near a skating area known as Paranoid Park.
The movie gives a camera’s perspective into the mind of the young teenager, in a way that very few directors seem to understand. The movie is not for everyone’s taste, since unless you can instantly remember and access the true feelings of the teenage angst buried somewhere inside you, this movie won’t make any sense to you.
But if you can connect, you’ll relive the feeling of being disconnected, that everyone who live in your city seems mundane, the people around you seem self-absorbed, the possibilities of the day feel more limited, and all this is communicated in quiet moments, and slow-motion daydreams.
You might understand why this young skater who comes from a broken home, think it is fun to drive a car to a place for skaters, homeless dropouts, and kid delinquents, and the highlight of the evening is to ride a freight-train with an older kid who smokes and drinks.
The story is not about skating, Paranoid Park or about the murder. It’s about how Alex goes through an inner journey of realising that there is more to life than the sleepiness of the mundane life, although he hasn’t discovered what it is, but what I find interesting is that he realises this, and searches for a different experience.
Favourite quote from the movie:
I just feel like there’s something outside of normal life. Outside of teachers, breakups, girlfriends. Like, right out there, like outside – there’s like different levels of… stuff.
It is one of my favourite movies.