Friday, June 9, 2006
Wristcutters: A Love Story
After committing suicide, heartbroken Zia (Patrick Fugit) finds himself in an even worse place than before -- a depressing landscape of broken-down buildings, industrial carnage, dead-end jobs, dark bars, and other aimless suicide victims. A land of no smiles, no way out, and no hope. Discovering that the girl who caused his arrival has also killed herself and is somewhere in the same world, Zia enlists the help of his Russian friend Eugene (hilariously played by Shea Whigman) to find his lost love. Along they way, they pick up Mikal (the always lovely Shannon Sossamon), a drifter claiming she landed there by mistake, and run into a camp of misfits run by none other than,AePTom Waits.
Director Gorin Dukic paints a humorous picture of life after death, injecting elements of magic and mystery into a bleak landscape. Above all, this story has a lot to say about love, taking chances, and holding onto life. I enjoyed it very much -- and right now it's got the title of my favorite SIFF film seen this year.