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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 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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Meet a man dying to live. 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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Official Sites:

Official site [Spain]

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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:

£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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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Alice: He's read the complete works of Enid Blyton aloud to Mary.
Harbour: Poor child.
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Connections

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 Robert MansfieldSee 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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