Wristcutters: A Love Story

Wristcutters: A Love Story

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Director: Goran Dukic

Cast: Goran Dukic, Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Shea Whigham

     
 

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 his final act of self-destruction after learning that she too has taken her own life in director Goran Dukic's adaptation of See more details below

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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 his 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.

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Editorial Reviews

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For viewers inclined to let a movie's title dictate their interest, Wristcutters: A Love Story will be quite the surprise -- if, that is, they make it past the title to an actual viewing. Yes, it's about suicide victims trapped in a purgatory where they literally can't smile. But it's also whimsical, upbeat, and life-affirming, and the title -- a change from both the graphic novel (Kamikaze Pizza) and short story (Kneller's Happy Campers) -- perfectly encapsulates the movie's unusual duality. Its world view is plenty acerbic, but the film is also sweet enough to attract fans who'd normally give suicide movies a wide berth. In the world of Wristcutters, a person's decision to "off" is not punished by any ordinary Christian idea of Hell; rather, he or she is suddenly plunged into a shabby facsimile of the regular world, where everything is just a little dingier (and a lot less populated). It's not actually such a terrible place to spend eternity, especially since their former hopelessness has transformed into something hovering between resignation and indifference. As a bonus, this land is touched with the occasion minor miracle as well. Debut writer-director Goran Dukic seems to have an innate sense how to make these characters believably suicidal, but also grudgingly likable, as they compare stories, make wry observations, and still bear some evidence of their fatal self-inflected wounds. The film is also an excellent showcase for its amiable leads, Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, and Shea Whigham -- the last of whom plays a musician modeled after Eugene Hutz, lead singer of Gogol Bordello, the gypsy punk band whose music provides this film's perfect soundtrack. Dukic's mission doesn't seem to be anything so magnanimous as preventing people from killing themselves, but Wristcutters: A Love Story is so pleasing that it might just do that anyway.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/25/2008
UPC:
0031398226987
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:28:00
Sales rank:
13,522

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary with director Goran Dukic, actors Patrick Fugit and Mikal Portnoi Lazarev, and producer Tatiana Kelly; Making the final cut: The Wristcutters journey; Deleted scenes; Director's storyboard look-in; Patrick's on-set photo gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Patrick Fugit Zia
Shannyn Sossamon Mikal
Shea Whigham Eugene
Tom Waits Kneller
John Hawkes Yan
Will Arnett Messiah
Leslie Bibb Desiree
Mikal P. Lazarev Nanuk
Mark Boone Mike
Anthony Azizi Hassan
Jake Busey Actor
Abraham Benrubi Erik
Mary Pat Gleason Eugene's Mother
Nick Offerman Cop
Julie Carmen Actor
Sarah Roemer Rachel
Clayne Crawford Jim
Azura Skye Tanya

Technical Credits
Goran Dukic Director,Screenwriter
Jonathan Alberts Editor
Lee Ascher Sound/Sound Designer
Carla Biggert Costumes/Costume Designer
Vanja Cernjul Cinematographer
Chris Coen Producer
Sam Epstein Asst. Director
Bobby Johnston Score Composer
Tatiana Kelly Producer
Mikal P. Lazarev Producer
Shannon Makhanian Casting
Irwin Miller Asst. Director
Erica Nicotra Costumes/Costume Designer
Jonathan Schwartz Executive Producer
Linda Sena Associate Producer,Production Designer
Adam Sherman Producer
Sherri Simmons Makeup Special Effects
Robin Urdang Musical Direction/Supervision
Chapin Wilson Co-producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Wristcutters: A Love Story
1. Arrival [6:49]
2. Stories [10:29]
3. First Beer [12:34]
4. P.I.C. [4:41]
5. Eavesdrop [9:34]
6. Desiree [8:46]
7. T-Bone [8:07]
8. Beach [5:13]
9. King [9:50]
10. Sent Back [5:00]
11. High Places [3:40]
12. End Credits [3:11]

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