This mood-over-story film is subtly intelligent and powerful, wonderfully stylish, and positively mesmerizing from the first minute to the last, with some outstanding scenes (e.g., the shower scene). Aesthetically pleasing, documentary-like cinematography. The dialogue is natural and completely believable. Gabe Nevins gives a first-rate, low-key performance in the lead role, and the character he plays feels real and is engaging and sympathetic. Expertly and sensitively directed by Gus Van Sant, who also wrote the screenplay and edited the film. Based on the novel Paranoid Park by Blake Nelson.