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Wristcutters - A Love Story

Wristcutters - A Love Story

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Wristcutters - A Love Story

Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Shea Whigham, Tom Waits, John Hawkes

Relegated to a forlorn afterlife of unsmiling lost souls and melancholy drifters as a result of committing suicide in the mortal realm, a heartbroken young man sets out to find the girl who inspired h... read more read final act of self-destruction after learning that she too has taken her own life in director Goran Dukic's adaptation of Etgar Keret's darkly comic novella Kneller's Happy Campers. A likeable young man despite his depressive disposition, Zia (Patrick Fugit) puts blade to wrist only to find that the pain of life doesn't end with the coming of death. Now trapped in a bleak metaphysical landscape populated entirely by suicide victims blearily searching for the joys that eluded them in the physical realm, Zia soon learns that the love is one of the latest arrivals in the dreary land of the dead. As Zia sets out to locate his ill-fated former companion and experience the joys that eluded the couple in life, he is joined in his quest by a lovelorn Russian rocker named Eugene (Shea Wigham) and an accidental tourist named Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon), who's looking for a way out of the sorrowful stir. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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  • May 11, 2008
    This is the most original love story i have ever seen. Well worth picking up. One of the most creative films ive seen in years.
  • January 1, 2012
    Nazdrovyeh! A triumphant love story to limbo and back again. The world to where suicides are relegated is almost Sartre-esque: mundane activities and conversations, day in, day out. "Hell is other people." However, people can still make friends here, and there are miraculous... read more oases to be found. The bond between Zia and Eugene is rather sweet and bro-tastic.

    There is no way Patrick Fugit can look not adorable. Raven-haired Shannyn Sossamon is probably the only woman in the world who can make chewing gum with her mouth open look so good. I also dig how the filmmakers cast Sossamon and Leslie Bibb as the present and past love interests because they look so much alike with their angular jaws and thin lips.
  • November 5, 2011
    "You don't know what you have until you lose it."

    A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide.


    Croatian director Goran Duk... read moreic brilliantly writes and directs 'Wristcutters: A Love Story'. Based on Etgar Keret's short story, Dukic derives an original idea about life after suicide. Though many fear that the love story runs the risk of glamourizing suicide, I feel this is an unfair misinterpretation. If anything, it is the contrary which is clearly implied in the end. Dukic successfully shows that suicide is never a solution to anything. Using subtlety as a tool, he creates a specific atmosphere for the land of the dead. The washed out colour, miserable setting and unhappy characters stress on the isolation and misery of the characters. At the same time the dry humour provides some very welcoming comic relief. The music is also carefully selected. Most of the songs were sung by bands who were associated with suicide. The cinematography too works on a subtle level, using different angles, range and perspective. Patrick Fugit and Shannyn Sossaman do a fine job but I enjoyed Shea Whigham's Eugene the most. He's funny and at the same time one can sense his despair and sadness. Mikal Lazarev too does a wonderful job and in her non-speaking part, Tom Waits is impressive. Familiar faces like Leslie Bibb and Will Arnett also make appearances. Overall Dukic has created an original film, one that is poignant and wonderful and sensibly tackles a relevant issue.
  • April 19, 2011
    A quirky and original love story about second chances surviving in the land of the suicidal. Oddly enough this dark comedy is quite cheerful.
  • March 31, 2011
    Call me weird but I love nerdish, oddball, improbable romances and this is about as improbable as they come. Etgar Keret (short story "Kneller's Happy Campers") and Goran Dukic (screenplay) have created a world of purgatory for suicide victims, a world where everything is pretty... read more much the way it was before only just slightly worse. Wristcutters is all about second chances, a little wakeup call for those who see their glass as half empty - sort of an optimistic look at pessimism.
  • February 17, 2011
    According to this fantasy/comedy, if you kill yourself, you go to a land where other suicides continue to go to their jobs, which probably caused their suicide, and still display the evidence of their efforts. As concepts go, this doesn't seem too compelling, and the film doesn'... read moret use this concept to say anything unique. Rather, it is simply shot in a dull, dreary color scheme, and the characters are appropriately lifeless.
    Additionally, structurally, we don't get to the eponymous love story until after act two is well on its way, and in the middle of act two, we're suddenly introduced to a political plot that is never fully explored and I was never completely clear on. And there is no denying that Wristcutters: A Love Story falls into a trap common for road movies; namely, the supporting characters are more interesting than the main characters' journey, and the film subsequently loses its focus.
    For all its flaws, this film charmed me. Patrick Fugit has good comic timing, and Shannyn Sassamon provides some color to an otherwise bland canvass.
    Overall, this is short film, and if you're susceptible to a quirky brand of funny (cf. Kate Winslet in Eternal Sunshine), then you might find it worth the time.
  • February 1, 2011
    It makes me happy to see Tom Waits act in movies because it lets me know I wont have to hear him sing.
  • August 9, 2010
    Good cast, good premise, bad script, bad execution.
  • July 7, 2010
    Unlike what I was looking forward to, this one turned out to be quite plain & mediocre. Not to say that it wasn't a good one, it just wasn't that great.
  • June 1, 2010
    Very odd but quite endearing. I think I am completely in love with Patrick Fugit now though. Worth a watch.

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