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Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

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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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(screenplay), (short story "Kneller's Happy Campers")
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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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Kid Kostya
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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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You don't know what you have until you lose it. 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)  »

Also Known As:

Csuklónyiszálók  »

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Budget:

$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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1.78 : 1
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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 »

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Eugene: I'm not sitting in the back.
Zia: Why not?
Eugene: 'Cause everybody knows guy in the back seat doesn't have a cock.
Zia: What?
Eugene: That's a fact. If the guy in the backseat had a cock, he wouldn't be back there in the first place.
[Mikal scroffs]
Zia: Well, I... I mean, I got a cock man. So, how can... I'm not... Mik, do you have a cock?
Mikal: Yeah, I have a cock.
Zia: Wut?
Mikal: Big fat one.
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Telstar (Demo)
Written and Performed by Joe Meek
Courtesy of Sandra Meek-Williams
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An excellent film
9 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An excellent film and well worth seeing: It defies pigeonholing into a genre; it's a romantic comedy, but not *at all* like the stereotypical romantic comedy, even if it does use some of the same conventions. It's a road movie, but not in the traditional sense. The dynamics and even the plot work and are believable, requiring less suspension of disbelief than I would've imagined. The music and cinematography work well into a story that is darkly/morbidly funny but also a bit sweet, without being saccharine. The acting is well done and the characters believable and quite well developed. This is definitely an art-house film, but one that it really decently pedestrian and accessible, rather than esoteric or exclusionary (that is, appealing to only art-house film lovers). The sound works well, and visual effects are only ever momentarily cheesy.


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