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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.

Director:

Goran Dukic

Writers:

Goran Dukic (screenplay), Etgar Keret (short story "Kneller's Happy Campers")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Arnett ... Messiah
Abraham Benrubi ... Erik
Leslie Bibb ... Desiree
Mark Boone Junior ... Mike (as Mark Boone Jr.)
Cameron Bowen ... Kostya
Clayne Crawford ... Jim
Chase Ellison ... Kid Kostya
Patrick Fugit ... Zia
Adam Gifford ... Gas Station Attendant (as Adam G.)
Mary Pat Gleason ... Eugene's Mother
John Hawkes ... Yan
Mikal P. Lazarev ... Nanuk
Aaron Parker Mouser ... Max (as Aaron Mouser)
Nick Offerman ... Cop
Anatol Rezmeritza Anatol Rezmeritza ... Eugene's Father
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

2 November 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Csuklónyiszálók See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$42,808, 21 October 2007, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$316,996, 14 December 2008
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Eugene (Shea Whigham) isn't smoking pot throughout the film, he's actually smoking tobacco cigarettes. Actor Whigham noticed director Goran Dukic smoked loose tobacco and rolled his own cigarettes and carried it in a plastic bag, and said that's what he wanted Eugene to smoke. See more »

Goofs

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

Kneller: Once upon a time there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. And they grew next to each other. And every day the straight tree would look at the crooked tree and he would say, "You're crooked. You've always been crooked and you'll continue to be crooked. But look at me! Look at me!" said the straight tree. He said, "I'm tall and I'm straight." And then one day the lumberjacks came into the forest and looked around, and the manager in charge said, "Cut all the straight trees." And that crooked...
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Soundtracks

A Song For You
Written and Performed by Gram Parsons
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
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Captivating
14 March 2008 | by placebotonicSee all my reviews

This is one of "those" movies. You know the kind - like a catchy tune the vibe of this movie stays in your head... the movie had all the chances in the world to be depressing, but it was far from it, there are only a few drama elements and the title is not deceiving, it truly is a love story and a beautiful one at that and also threaded with great humor, when I laughed, I laughed hard. And I would probably cry if the ending was any different.

I won't go into possibilities and impossibilities of metaphysical, because that's absolutely not what this story is about; purgatory, if you will, is only the stage, where the romantic play is performed, with that, it's innovative though actually daring, as it was probably obvious the box office would never explode from what 'Wristcutters' would make. In my opinion, the movie is so well made it would have been great even if it was stripped of suicide thing and it was just a plain love story. Oh and Shannyn Sossamon was so convincing, I think I'm in love with her now. ;)


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