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Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002)

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The good-hearted Harbour has spent his whole life trying to take care of his motherless and suicidal little brother, Wilbur. The brothers are inseparable. When in their thirties, they lose ... See full summary »

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Lone Scherfig
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Sives ... Wilbur
Adrian Rawlins ... Harbour
Shirley Henderson ... Alice
Lisa McKinlay Lisa McKinlay ... Mary
Mads Mikkelsen ... Horst
Julia Davis ... Moira
Susan Vidler ... Sophie
Robert McIntosh Robert McIntosh ... Taylor
Lorraine McIntosh Lorraine McIntosh ... Ruby
Gordon Brown Gordon Brown ... Wayne
Mhairi Morrison ... Claire (as Mhairi Steenbock)
Andrew Townsley Andrew Townsley ... Doctor
Coral Preston Coral Preston ... Jenny
Colin McAllister Colin McAllister ... Male Supervisor
Owen Gorman Owen Gorman ... Porter
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Storyline

The good-hearted Harbour has spent his whole life trying to take care of his motherless and suicidal little brother, Wilbur. The brothers are inseparable. When in their thirties, they lose their father and inherit his second-hand bookshop. One day Alice enters the shop with her little daughter. Alice is a cleaning lady at the nearby hospital and she sells the books that the patients leave behind. The daughter Mary yearns for a home where the books don't always get sold. Harbour falls in love with Alice and soon all four of them are closely intertwined in each other's lives - and perhaps even deaths. Written by Laplisse4

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The life he wanted to end, was just about to begin See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Spain]

Country:

Denmark | UK | Sweden | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2002 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Dos hermanos See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,747, 14 March 2004

Gross USA:

$233,053
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Director Lone Scherfig considers it her most complete film. See more »

Quotes

Horst: Why don't we go down to my office? I think I've got a bottle of bourbon somewhere.
Harbour: Do you think alcohol is a good idea if my liver count is as high as it is?
Horst: It won't make any difference.
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Connections

Referenced in Det store lærred: Wilbur begår selvmord (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

O Come, All Ye Faithful
(uncredited)
(when Harbour comes home from the hospital)
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A BIG 10! -quirky,lovely,just delightful
16 September 2005 | by film_ophileSee all my reviews

i think sense of humor is just SUCH an individual thing. perhaps the more subtle the comedic approach, the more difficult to identify and align with. I myself found this film totally engaging, amusing and lovely. i did not know, at the time of viewing, that the director had made 3 or 4 other of my favorite films, On Our Own and Italian for Beginners being the most recent. The story itself is small but it's the screenplay and that quirky funny pervading sense of humor, that IS the film. two handsome, intelligent,gentle, interesting brothers have a deep love for each other. one is the older and responsible one, who runs the inherited family used book shop. the younger one makes a career out of trying to kill himself. a sweet sad woman- with- daughter comes into their lives and the shag rug becomes a tapestry. all the acting is spot-on. the TERRIFIC screenwriters (the director being one of the two)had me caring about all of the characters. the silences, as much as the dialogue, are perfectly carried off and i really didn't feel there was a false out-of-place moment in the entire film. i saw the film last night (thank heavens for good public-library film-buyers)and the characters are in my mind today.i've a delighted smile on my face. a big 10 for me.


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