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Wristcutters: A Love Story (2007)



Critic Consensus: Wristcutters: A Love Story sounds like a normal enough indie flick. Boy meets girl. Boy gets separated from girl. Boy goes on a road trip with friends to find girl and gains a new perspective on life. Except everybody's dead.

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Relegated to a forlorn afterlife of unsmiling lost souls and melancholy drifters as a result of committing suicide in the mortal realm, a heartbroken young man sets out to find the girl who inspired his final act of self-destruction after learning that she too has taken her own life in director Goran Dukic's adaptation of Etgar Keret's darkly comic novella Kneller's Happy Campers. A likeable young man despite his depressive disposition, Zia (Patrick Fugit) puts blade to wrist only to find that the pain of life doesn't end with the coming of death. Now trapped in a bleak metaphysical landscape populated entirely by suicide victims blearily searching for the joys that eluded them in the physical realm, Zia soon learns that the love is one of the latest arrivals in the dreary land of the dead. As Zia sets out to locate his ill-fated former companion and experience the joys that eluded the couple in life, he is joined in his quest by a lovelorn Russian rocker named Eugene (Shea Wigham) and an accidental tourist named Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon), who's looking for a way out of the sorrowful stir.more
Rating: R (for language and disturbing content involving suicide)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Goran Dukic
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 25, 2008
Box Office: $0.2M
Lionsgate Films/After Dark Films - Official Site


Tom Waits
as Kneller
Will Arnett
as Messiah
Leslie Bibb
as Desiree
Mary Pat Gleason
as Eugene's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Wristcutters: A Love Story

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (28)

It misses the opportunity to examine why a community of people - each of whom has already given up on life - would band together to form a new society of desperate misfits.

Full Review… | February 22, 2008
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

Opportunities to comment on the ethical grey areas of suicide are mostly squandered and, as the pointless digressions begin to pile up, your mind begins to drift from the action on screen.

Full Review… | November 22, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Wristcutters is a small film of ambitions nicely scaled to the performances and story. Who knew that affectless characters could be so oddly affecting?

Full Review… | November 8, 2007
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

This road movie romcom won?t leave you reaching for the razor blades.

Full Review… | October 11, 2010
SFX Magazine

Having some laughs over suicide.

Full Review… | June 10, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Wristcutters: A Love Story is like a suicidal Wizard of Oz.

Full Review… | March 25, 2008

Audience Reviews for Wristcutters: A Love Story


This is the most original love story i have ever seen. Well worth picking up. One of the most creative films ive seen in years.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Nazdrovyeh! A triumphant love story to limbo and back again. The world to where suicides are relegated is almost Sartre-esque: mundane activities and conversations, day in, day out. "Hell is other people." However, people can still make friends here, and there are miraculous oases to be found. The bond between Zia and Eugene is rather sweet and bro-tastic.

There is no way Patrick Fugit can look not adorable. Raven-haired Shannyn Sossamon is probably the only woman in the world who can make chewing gum with her mouth open look so good. I also dig how the filmmakers cast Sossamon and Leslie Bibb as the present and past love interests because they look so much alike with their angular jaws and thin lips.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

"You don't know what you have until you lose it."

A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide.

Croatian director Goran Dukic brilliantly writes and directs 'Wristcutters: A Love Story'. Based on Etgar Keret's short story, Dukic derives an original idea about life after suicide. Though many fear that the love story runs the risk of glamourizing suicide, I feel this is an unfair misinterpretation. If anything, it is the contrary which is clearly implied in the end. Dukic successfully shows that suicide is never a solution to anything. Using subtlety as a tool, he creates a specific atmosphere for the land of the dead. The washed out colour, miserable setting and unhappy characters stress on the isolation and misery of the characters. At the same time the dry humour provides some very welcoming comic relief. The music is also carefully selected. Most of the songs were sung by bands who were associated with suicide. The cinematography too works on a subtle level, using different angles, range and perspective. Patrick Fugit and Shannyn Sossaman do a fine job but I enjoyed Shea Whigham's Eugene the most. He's funny and at the same time one can sense his despair and sadness. Mikal Lazarev too does a wonderful job and in her non-speaking part, Tom Waits is impressive. Familiar faces like Leslie Bibb and Will Arnett also make appearances. Overall Dukic has created an original film, one that is poignant and wonderful and sensibly tackles a relevant issue.

Lorenzo von Matterhorn

Super Reviewer

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