Monday, January 21, 2008

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

With this movie director Goran Ducik answers the age-old question: what happens to you when you die? Well, at least it answers it for all those who commit suicide: you end up living again in a world just like ours but a bit shittier. All people in this world came to be there via suicide and only via suicide, evident in the mood of the film (very little smiling, things are broken down, colors are bland, etc.). Our first glimse into this world is after Zia (Patrick Fugit), the main character, kills himself and ends up working at a cheap food place in the suicide world.

One night he meets a Russian guy (Eugene, played by Shea Whigham) who lives with his whole family in this world (the mom was the first to "off herself" because she was missing Russia so much). They become good friends and after Zia finds out that his girlfriend in the real world has also committed suicide, the two go on a roadtrip to find Zia's girlfriend. On the way they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon), who is looking for the 'people in charge', insisting she got in the strange world by mistake.

An incredibly creative film everyone into artsy/indie movies should see. The acting is great, the setting fits perfectly and there are a lot of random fun tidbits. The ending is sweet, however a bit kitchy. It does seem like the director wanted to put more into this film then the length of the film allowed, leaving some empty spaces in the film that would have been nice to be filled. Nevertheless this film is worth checking out. For more info see

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