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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Wilbur
... Harbour
... Alice
Lisa McKinlay ... Mary
... Horst
... Moira
... Sophie
Robert McIntosh ... Taylor
Lorraine McIntosh ... Ruby
Gordon Brown ... Wayne
Mhairi Morrison ... Claire (as Mhairi Steenbock)
Andrew Townsley ... Doctor
Coral Preston ... Jenny
Colin McAllister ... Male Supervisor
Owen Gorman ... Porter
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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 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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Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »
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8 November 2002 (Denmark)  »

Also Known As:

Dos hermanos  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£37,461 (United Kingdom), 5 December 2003, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,747, 14 March 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$233,053, 13 June 2004
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One of a more or less successful series of foreign language film made by Danish filmmakers using Danish money, after the success of Danish language films around the world. Others include Breaking the Waves (1996), Dancer in the Dark (2000), It's All About Love (2003), I Am Dina (2002), Dogville (2003), Skagerrak (2003) and The King Is Alive (2000). See more »

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Harbour: Wilbur. When you were dead... what was it like?
Wilbur: Harbour, you've got a hangover. You're not going to die.
Harbour: Of course not. I know that. But what was it like?
Wilbur: What do you mean?
Harbour: Is there anything there? Is there some kind of huge white light?
Wilbur: It's as dull as ditchwater. There's nothing. Just blackness and utter silence. It's a bit like being in Wales.
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Featured in Filmbyen, la nouvelle Mecque du cinéma? (2007) See more »

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O Come, All Ye Faithful
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(when Harbour comes home from the hospital)
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you'll be enriched
7 August 2003 | by See all my reviews

Omigod. I haven't seen a film that moved me as much as this for a long time. It tells the tale of two 30-something brothers who own a dilapidated second-hand bookshop in Glasgow, and their search for different things.

The writing is effortless, but so natural and brilliant, the characters are beautifully crafted and it makes a refreshing change to see a film that is not about the location or the effects - but about the story and characters.

As for the acting - not a bad word can be said about any of the actors. The three principals (henderson, sives and rawlings) are so utterly convincing and there is so much chemistry between them all. They are backed up by two brilliant turns from Julia Davis as Moira and Mads Mikkelsen as Horst.

It may sound depressing from the title, and you may well shed a tear before the end of the movie, but I can guarantee that you will leave the cinema a wiser and more enriched person for having seen Wilbur...


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