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Wristcutters - A Love Story (2008)

Shannyn Sossamon , Tom Waits  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shannyn Sossamon, Tom Waits, Patrick Fugit
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: March 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012E2GFK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,801 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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'!

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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amor e morte January 17, 2008
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Most romantic comedies take place in... you know, the world of the living. They rarely star dead people. And not suicides, either.

But "Wristcutters: A Love Story" is not going to be tied down by that. This delicious, dark little cult film is about people who have committed suicide, and are now stuck in a limbo zone that is just like the living world, but less appealing. It's also dark, funny and poignant -- everything you want in a very original little indie movie.

Because of a breakup, Zia (Patrick Fugit) has decided that life is no longer worth living. He cleans his house, slits his wrists -- and finds himself in a strange twilight-zone with no sunshine, smiles, or appetizing food, and entirely populated by suicides -- think a Midwestern small town, but more depressing. He eventually gets a job, a nasty roommate, and befriends Eugene (Shea Whigham) a likably bombastic Russian rocker.

But then Zia learns from a new suicide that his girlfriend, Desiree (Leslie Bibb) has also offed herself. So he and Eugene bundle into Eugene's horrible old car, and start a road trip to find her -- picking up the pretty, feisty Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon), who says she's been placed there mistakenly. The odd trio rattles through this suicide world, until they stumble across a strange camp in the wilderness...

I first heard about "Wristcutters" a long while ago, on myspace -- but in the months that followed, it just sort of floated in a limbo of its own. Pretty frustrating, but Goran Dukic actually makes it worth waiting for -- it's a quirky and dark indie comedy, a tragedy, and a love story all in one.

As you can probably guess, the movie's main message is that you should live a life worth enjoying, and love someone worth loving.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Uplifting Dark Comedy July 9, 2007
This film goes far beyond the short story "Neller's Happy Campers" by Etgar Keret found in The Bus Driver Who Wanted To Be God & Other Stories. It is about the weird world that suicides go to. (A world just like this one only worse).
You will see some strange things on the journey you take in this film with the characters.
The acting is excellent.
The soundtrack ranges from the otherworldly to Eskimo throat singing. (You've got to hear it)
It is a very dark comedy but has a surprisingly light touch and a goofy feel-good style. It is hard to describe. It is like "Crossroads" meets "Road Warrior" but everybody is already dead.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Suicide: It Ain't For Sissies! June 9, 2008
Thinking about suicide? Think again. And watch WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY before you pull out that razor blade, swallow those pills, or pop that gun barrel into your mouth. The world beyond is not what you want!

Zia (Patrick Fugit) is so depressed about his girlfriend leaving him, he feels he cannot go on. One slit of the wrists and it's bye-bye boy. But what lay beyond for Zia? Well, it ain't any prettier. In fact, it's downright depressing. No laughter. No smiles. An empty road full of empty lives lay ahead. Or so it seems.

Zia runs into another lost soul named Eugene (Shea Whigham, Tigerland) who has a car and the two spark up an unusual relationship. Zia pines only for his lost love Desiree (Leslie Bibb, Talladega Nights) while Eugene wanders aimlessly (or so it seems) through this netherworld. That is, until Zia finds out that Desiree has committed suicide, too! Yes! Love cannot be denied, even in this depressing purgatory. But how to find her? Of course. Road trip! Zia and Eugene set out to find Desiree but run into several speed-bumps. Headlights that don't work. No air conditioning. And even a black hole that exists under the passenger's seat that swallows up sunglasses or anything else dropped in its direction. But none of this prepares Zia for his run-in with Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang), another lost soul that they find hitchhiking along an empty road. But Mikal claims she didn't commit suicide, and is looking for the people that "run this place.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a hopeful message for the hopeless October 30, 2007
A heartwarming romantic comedy that's about the afterworld for those who commit suicide and wind up in a gloomier world than our own. The movie is funny and poignant and, although, offensive to just about every group of people, it's light and hopeful at the same time. A gem of a movie and a definitely deserving of its Sundance win.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Do I Look Asymmetrical to You?" ... June 12, 2008
Wristcutters - A Love Story is a road-trip film with a twist: think Everything Is Illuminated but in another (dim) dimension for those who commit suicide in "our world."

What you need to know ... I went into this film expecting "big things," which was a rookie-mistake. I quickly became frustrated with the poor film-quality and the overall low-budget feel. However, once I let go of those judgments, I was able to enjoy the film for what it is, an indie fairytale for "weirdos" (like me).

Overall, the casting is delightful. You may recognize Patrick Fugit (Zia) from his brief stint on ER - Ninth Season. Stuck in this stagnant "purgatory," Zia seeks his former girlfriend (who also committed suicide shortly after him). His road-tripping friends include a "kooky" Russian and a "spunky" gal who got stuck in this dull world by accident (played by A Knight's Tale Shannyn Sossamon). Granted a bit-part, Azura Skye is (yet again) a suicide victim (reprising her role in the frighteningly bad 28 Days). In a strange way, it's a relief to see her reclaim that (lame) role and do something genuinely interesting with it! Will Arnett's appearance was a pleasant surprise (and provided a nice spin to the story) ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A dark comedy love story fit for anyone that enjoys Russian literature.
Published 4 days ago by Donald Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it, absolutely lovely and ultimately sweet
Published 9 days ago by DUK Peterson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No problems
Published 16 days ago by Alessandra
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an outstanding value
This is an outstanding value
Published 17 days ago by Fred is not dead
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fast shipping and the DVD was great nothing wrong with it worked with no skips or scratches
Published 1 month ago by Chelsea
4.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? I am a Tom Waits ...
What can I say? I am a Tom Waits fan, a Gogol Bordello fan, and a fan of quirky movies that don't take themselves too seriously. This one hits all the numbers.
Published 1 month ago by richterscale
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie, good service.
Published 1 month ago by Shannon
5.0 out of 5 stars well done :-)
awsome, mind changing. alters perception. give it a chance. a movie that can b watched over and over teaching a little more each time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by timothy j wigmore
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent dark fun
This is an intriguing movie set in a really unique world. It's funny throughout, cooky, unique, and imaginative. And it's got Tom Waits. I mean...come on.
Published 1 month ago by Jeff Suwak Author
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute
This is a funny, romantic, Indy film. I got it because I love Shannon Sossamon and was pleased. I suggest this to anyone who likes Indy films with a bit of a dark twist.
Published 1 month ago by GreenT
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