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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…
Wristcutters: A Love Story is an original piece of work about boy meets girl, giving the well-exhausted premise a breath of fresh air. At first this film screams middle of the road indie flick, but there's a twist that ultimately sets it apart from the rest: the film is set in a Purgatory-like world for those who took their own lives.
Starring Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous), Wristcutters tells the story of Zia; a heartbroken young man who's relegated to an afterlife of never-ending melancholy. After hearing of the suicide of the girl who inspired his own act of self-destruction, he sets out to find her in this dreary land of the dead with his Russian rocker companion Eugene (Shea Wigham).…
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 mimtic 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.
Cool pretence, loved the quirkiness and surrealness of the film.
Everything's the same here. It's just a little worse.
On rewatch, you catch a lot more of the deadpan subtleties, and then you realize how well everyone is casted, how amazing the soundtrack is (really digging the Tom Waits + Gogol Bordello vibes), and just how brilliant the film is. It's great how true the above quote is; the sky lacking clouds and stars, all the colors in the world with reduced saturation, and nothing beyond everyday-70's-technology for miles. With its fresh "Wizard of Oz"-like tale spanning the bleak afterlife, Wristcutters is bittersweet, amusing, darkly romantic, and surprisingly life-affirming despite its subject matter.
Nice ideas, mostly well executed. The first half of the movie is damn good, but after that it starts to get weird. The last parts of the movie are just so damn weird in the wrong way that it almost ruined it all for me.
Other than that mess, the acting is great, great characters, interesting backrounds and they hover around a subject thats interesting in many ways. Good stuff.
Compelling premise and all in all a great story. Had a good time with it and definitely felt like I related with Zia (Patrick Fugit).
Interesting and creative idea… but I never cared about the destination (which may have been the point)… but more importantly, wasn’t so into the journey.
Tom Waits and the concept itself are all that keeps this (barely) afloat (amidst many absurd ideas and scenes).
Any film that opens with a Tom Waits tune from Real Gone can't be all bad. The premise, a s***hole world where all successful suicides are sent to pay penance, is a bit stupid, as are all the really bad foreign accents.
I called the ending from the beginning, (the beginning of the road trip, so 20 minutes in, I guess) but it didn't detract from the story.
Suicide, Road Trip, Love Story movie; what more could you want?
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