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

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Zia
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Mike (as Mark Boone Jr.)
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Erik
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Kostya
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Jim
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Yan
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Messiah
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Gas Station Attendant (as Adam G.)
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Eugene's Mother
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Despondent over his breakup with Desiree, Zia slashes his wrists and goes to an afterlife peopled by suicides, a high-desert landscape dotted by old tires, burned-out cars, and abandoned sofas. He gets a job in a pizza joint. By chance, Zia learns that Desiree offed herself a few months after he did, and she's looking for him. He sets off with Eugene (an electrocuted Russian rocker) to find her, and they pick up a hitchhiker, Mikal, who's looking for the People in Charge, believing she's there by mistake. They're soon at the camp of Kneller, where casual miracles proliferate. They hear rumors of a miraculous king. Can Zia find Desiree? Then what? Where there's death there's hope. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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An Offbeat Comedy, A Love Story, A Road Movie - But Everybody's Dead See more »


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Rated R for language and disturbing content involving suicide | See all certifications »

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2 November 2007 (USA)  »

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Csuklónyiszálók  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$42,808 (USA) (19 October 2007)

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$104,077 (USA) (26 October 2007)
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Shea Whigham's character (Eugene) is partly based on Gur Bentwich, Israeli writer/director and friend of Etgar Keret who wrote "Kneller's Happy Campers". He is also partly based on Eugene Hutz, front-man of Gogol Bordello and friend of director Goran Dukic. See more »

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When Mikal first gets into Eugene's car she rolls down the window. In the very next scene when they drive away the window is up. See more »

Quotes

Eugene: I live with my patents and my kid brother Kostya.
Zia: You're fucking with me.
Eugene: I'm not fucking with you.
Zia: I've never heard of a whole family here before.
Eugene: Mom... offed because she was missing Russia a lot. And my father, he just didn't feel like going on without her. But, what really did it for him was my little brother turning out to be gay.
Zia: And your kid brother?
Eugene: Kostya?
Zia: Kost... ya.
Eugene: I guess, he had it in his genes, man.
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References Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) See more »

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Deathwish
Written by George Belanger, James McGearty, Rikk Agnew, Rozz Williams
Performed by Christian Death
Courtesy of Frontier Records
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I just didn't feel it.
16 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I stumbled upon the trailer on the internet, and it looked like it had all the makings of a quirky indie film: an interesting setup, a road trip, Tom Waits, so I was excited to see it, and... I don't know, it just fell kind of flat for me. It was neither all that funny, or all the dramatic, just sort of plodded along. There were whole spans of this movie that were aimless and without spark. The characters never become full or interesting. It's not bad, it's not good, it felt like cinematic purgatory. I just kept waiting for the movie to take off, but then it was over. Patrick Fugit does a good job trying to make an incredibly uncompelling character watchable, and Shea Wigham's a riot when given the chance. Still, you'll spend the movie wishing there had been a more experienced director, crew and a more innovative writer (Charlie Kaufman, vielleicht?)


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