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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…
Film #1 of the March 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Item #1: An unconventional romantic film
A few years ago I wrote a script for a dark comedy about two best friends committing suicide and ending up in an afterlife full of assholes. I told my buddy about it and he said "Oh that's exactly like Wristcutters." I was bummed that my original idea wasn't so original and I made a note to see this flick but just never got around to it.
So now that I've seen it, what did I think? It was good but formulaic. The premise is wonderful and I loved the first half hour or so. But once the plot gets going it gets incredibly predictable. But there is a great cast including Patrick Fugit (of Almost Famous), Shea Whigham, Tom Waits, John Hawkes and Will Arnett.
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.
A incredibly solid black comedy/romance with a premise that probably shouldn't work as well as it does and is actually surprisingly sweet even if the ending is a little bit groan inducing.
Definitely a fun little quirk of a film. Tom Waits was probably the best part of the film, besides the concept of the world that direct Goran Dukic creates in the first few minutes of the movie, complete with black holes and miracles. Strangely, it works. The soundtrack is also worth mentioning, since it helps to drive this road trip buddy comedy forward a little bit smoother than it might have gone without it.
Never thought that a love story could revolve around suicide and take place in purgatory and still be so adorable and heart warming. This film is super underrated (I stumbled upon it by flipping through channels), but I'd watch it over a traditional romance any dayyy. ❤ Remember, if you don't find love here on Earth there is still a chance for you in purgatory!!!
What a wonderful film. This a jewel of the american indie scene!
A road trip / love story in a different world, I simply loved the concept, the setting, the dialogue, the acting.
This is the kind of movie that shows that the most important thing is the script! ; )
Cute black comedy, memorable cast and soundtrack
Sort of an out-of-world viewing experience that fits the mood. Questions are obviously abundant regarding the rules of the "world," but none ever seem to be answered, though answering them probably would not have made the film any better or worse. Worth a watch for those looking for something off-the-beaten path.
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