You know how women love romantic movies that have death involved? Everyone from Romeo and Juliet to Tristan and Isolde made for great, passionate love stories… but after about two hours of loving, they died. And apparently, that’s what makes them great.
So here’s a movie with all the makings of a great love story because it has the two essential ingredients in it – love and death. And that’s absolutely all you tell your girlfriend, so you can convince her to watch the film. Because the thing about Wristcutters: A Love Story is, that while most stories end with the lovers dying, this one starts there!
Wristcutters is a fantastically bizarre film about Zia (Patrick ‘Almost Famous’ Fugit) who, when he couldn’t get the girl he loved in the real world, cut his wrists and died. As a consequence, his soul got stuck in a purgatory like after-world, specifically there for those who committed suicide.
This after-world is a lot like the real world he once inhabited, except, much worse. The purpose of this world, as Zia learns from a dead Russian rocker, Eugene, played by Shea Wingham, is to sort of punish those who killed themselves by stranding them in a limbo where everything is deserted, no one smiles, there are no flowers, and by sheer design, everyone’s always depressed.
Sometime later, Zia learns that on finding out that Zia killed himself, the girl he loved killed herself too and now, she’s in the same place as him. Zia then goes on a road trip with Eugene to find the love of his (after) life, along with a hitchhiker they pick on the way, Mikal (the stunning Shannyn ‘A Knight’s Tale’ Sossamon), who believes that she was sent to this world by mistake.
An indie that’s everything from a fantasy to a romcom to a road trip buddy movie, Wristcutters is one of those movies you can’t believe you hadn’t heard of before. Written and directed by Goran Dukic, it’s a movie where death is not the destination of love, but a journey to find it! A quirky, witty and generally awesome film, watch it for an entirely new perspective on great stories of love… and death.
Starring: Patrick Fuit, Shannyn Sossamon, Shea Whigham
Written By: Etgar Keret, Goran Dukic
Directed By: Goran Dukic
Note: This recommendation first appeared in MTV Noise Factory, February 2012 issue
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