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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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You don't know what you have until you lose it. See more »


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

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 »

Goofs

When Kneller finds Mikal and Zia sleeping on the beach, we see a needle poking through Zia's shirt. In the next shot, the needle is gone. (A short scene of dialogue where Zia takes the needle out of his shirt was edited out.) See more »

Quotes

Yan: They feed him t-bone steak and he refuses to come back.
Kneller: Freddy has been brainwashed.
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Connections

References Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966) See more »

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Huliganjetta
Written by Eugene Hutz
Performed by Gogol Bordello
Courtesy of Tee Pee Records
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fish and whale
4 April 2006 | by zabSee all my reviews

this is a must see picture. if you enjoyed Garden State then you will most definitely enjoy this. A movie that deals with life, and the appreciation of it all, even from a dead perspective in a creative way. a must see for Tom Waits Fans and recommended to anyone who's a sucker for a love story. The movie deals with what's at the core of a person. Cinematography that let's a viewer sink into the story, and laugh at what most would refer to as a "dark" or "sad" topic. With all that's going on in the world, it's about time that we start to realize that life is what we have, it's something valuable, that we have the choice to live, and can start living it any day. When Mikal says, "most of my friends were already half dead or dead anyways.", it does make you think and the movie pushes the idea it's never to late to start your life. The actors are all well picked for this movie, it seems as though they all move with ease together. You will leave the theater feeling not so much better about life, but with a smile on your face. You'll feel not a huge sigh of a relief, but a sigh of delight. Something about the movie made me remember time and time again that the purpose is to enjoy what you have, and to love without regret. It's a movie that makes you appreciate life from a new angle.


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