- 1 hr 30 min
Restless Natives is a gentle comedy about two working-class Scottish youths, Will and Ronnie, who find an unusual way to make something of their lives in drab 1980s Edinburgh. The young men, unhappy with their jobs as a trash sweeper and a novelty shop worker, feel the need to do something to change their situation. One day, Ronnie's job at the joke shop provides the inspiration: the two don clown and wolf masks, arm themselves with joke weapons including a puffer that shoots several kinds of powder, and head for the hills to rob tour buses. Though the tourists give their money to Will and Ronnie, the victims don't seem to take the crime seriously, with some assuming it's a student prank or a show put on for their benefit. As the Clown and the Wolfman strike tour buses again and again without even needing to use the puffer gun, they find themselves unlikely folk heroes and tourist attractions. Even the cute tour guide who distracts Will on one bus is charmed and fascinated. This state cannot last. On one holdup, the two run into Bender, a brash American law enforcement agent who finds the robberies less than funny, especially after he gets a faceful of powder from Ronnie's puffer gun. He makes it his business to pursue the robbers with the bemused cooperation of local Scottish authorities. Will and Ronnie become more and more famous, and soon reach a crossroads. Will they take a path toward more serious crime and weapons, as Ronnie's new friends would like? Will they give up and grow up as Will's girlfriend Margot would prefer? Or will Bender and the Scottish police catch them red-handed and send them to prison? The answers are not always obvious in this coming-of-age film. Beautiful Scottish scenery and a soundtrack by Big Country add to the film's attractions.