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Wristcutters: A Love Story
Life is a trip, but the afterlife is one hell of a ride.
Zia, distraught over breaking up with his girlfriend, decides to end it all. Unfortunately, he discovers that there is no real ending, only a run-down afterlife that is strikingly similar to his old one, just a bit worse. Discovering that his ex-girlfriend has also "offed" herself, he sets out on a road trip, with his Russian rocker friend, to find her. Their journey takes them through an absurd purgatory where they discover that being dead doesn't mean you have to stop livin'!
We all know the common religious belief that if you're a good stand-up person you go to Heaven and if you're a cunty prick you go to Hell, but where do you go if you commit suicide? I mean, commiting suicide is never the best option, but it doesn't make the person bad or good and they don't necessarily have to be bad or good; it just means they had it rough and couldn't go forward. What happens to that person after life if not Hell or Heaven? That is the question raised in Wristcutters.
There's something about this film that really resonates on a second viewing. For some reason, the meaning and the emotion behind this film packs an…
Wristcutters takes an weird, interesting concept and completely rolls with it, committing fully to creating a limbo-ish world where people who commit suicide reside. Its a bleak and desolate place that is kind of like the real world, "only a little worse" as our main character Zia puts it.
I absolutely loved this movie the first time I saw it. I was able to buy in fully to the general concept and thought it was a unique enough of a world that I was fully absorbed. On this repeat viewing, those general feelings were lessened a little bit. There is a bar scene in the beginning where Zia and two girls try and guess how other people in the bar…
Cause everybody knows guy in the back seat doesn't have a cock.
Goran Dukic's feature film directorial debut is stereotypical in it's indieness (that a word?) but it actually does something that indie films used to always do and that's tell us a story that you'd never see in a mainstream film. Here that's a romantic black comedy that takes place in a Purgatory for people who died by committing suicide.
This isn't the film that will stop me from thinking of Patrick Fugit as that "Almost Famous kid" but he's perfect for this kind of role. The entire film could have just been a typical road movie and I would have enjoyed it with Fugit's chemistry with Shea Whigham who plays a Russian musician that still lives with his family in Purgatory as they all committed suicide (individually). The "love story" isn't between these two characters, but it is the high point of the film for me.
I stumbled upon this movie's preview once while watching Hesher and thought that the concept was pretty interesting. Wristcutters: A Love Story is about a guy named Zia (Patrick Fugit) who, after a rough break up, decides to end his life; only to find out that the afterlife isn't all that it's cracked up to be- at least not for the ones who choose to end it.
Zia makes a few interesting friends and travels across many different and unique places in search of answers to his and his friends' questions.
The film was funny and quite charming, but I didn't like it as much as I had hoped to. I guess I just expected something fantastic and got something…
Different but the same. Imaginative story, immerse and mimetic though fantastical world, kickass Gogol Bordello soundtrack - but flat presentation and poor structure. It's a beautiful could-have-been, but just sort of drags its feet.
Wow, this was surprisingly dull.
Zia played by Patrick Fugit commits suicde after his girlfriend broke up with him and soon discovers there's some sort of purgatory for people who killed themselves that is pretty similar to the real world.
It's just a little desaturated.
He meets the russian rock musician Eugene and Mikal played by Shea Whigham and Shannyn Sossamon. "Wristcutters" turns into some kind of indie roadmovie with lifeless performances from pretty much everyone. That might be appropriate but it makes it hard to do anything else than ask yourself how bored these actors were while shooting this.
Fugit is awful, Whigham is sometimes tolerable but mostly laughable and Sossamon looks cute. Well she is cute but I…
NOTE: This film was recommended to me by Glen Malec for "Steve Pulaski Sees It."
One of the recurring theological debates is where a person who commits suicide is destined to spend eternity; the concept of a person killing themselves has disrupted the dichotomous notion that good people have their eternal souls rest in heaven whilst bad people have their eternal souls rest in hell. In a Christlike sense, a suicidal soul should still go to heaven if they found themselves victim to the pressures of life, or worse, an unrelenting mental illness. In a sense pertaining more towards the Christian doctrine, however, somebody who commits suicide should perhaps go to hell, for their action has made it so they…
It's a quirky and quite enjoyable tale of the afterlife where people who've committed suicide meet up in their own little world. The world looks surprisingly like middle America to me, but let's not nit pick. This is a relatively enjoyable, offbeat rom-com with a black hole under a car seat and an appearance from Bobby Elvis from Sons of Anarchy. Shannyn Sossamon is the most valuable player most notably for some impressive sign based graffiti.
Interesting story and a fun cast but the film unfortunately takes a few too many detours onto the "look how wacky and indie we are" side of things for me to full-out love it. Not a great movie but far from a bad one.
An interesting concept uninterestingly executed.
Not my cup of tea but some points for originality and some of its ideas.
"When there's a trap set up for you
In every corner of this town
And so you learn the only way to go is underground
When there's a trap set up for you
In every corner of your room
And so you learn the only way to go is through the roof."
Still so good. I love the use of colour and the many interesting characters we are introduced to throughout the film. Plus the ending is amazing.
The idea is excellent, and Tom Waits is in it. It's above average, I liked it, but couldn't shake the feeling that this idea deserved an even better treatment.
On this watch I couldn't stop thinking about Roy Andersson.
Oddly stunning visuals.
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