UNDISCOVERED GEMS – WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY (2006)

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Starring: Patrick Fugit, Shea Wigham, Shannyn Sossamon, Leslie Bibb, Tom Waits, John Hawkes, Will Arnett, Nick Offerman, Mark Boone Jr,

Directed By: Goran Dukic

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

The movie is so undiscovered, to me anyway, that I only heard of it a few weeks back via a fellow blogger. It is basically a road movie set in purgatory, I think. That only explains half the crazy stuff that happens though.

The film, certainly when it came out, would have had you scratching your head at the cast wondering who most of them were. Since then, and the advent of the golden age of television, you look at the cast list and think AWESOME! Shea Wigham (Boardwalk Empire), Will Arnett (Arrested Development), John Hawkes (Deadwood), Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) and Mark Boone Jr (Sons of Anarchy) all make appearances of varying length, as does the one and only Tom Waits.

Zia (Fugit) is ditched by his love Desiree (Bibb) so decides to, as the title of the movie suggests, cut his wrists. The next time we see him he is in a land made up of dead people, or people who have committed suicide anyway. The land itself is like a junk yard version of reality (hence why Tom Waits is probably in it!) which gives it a very washed out and depressing quality, perfect for the film. Anyway, Zia hears that his girlfriend, on discovering he killed himself, also kills herself and is now living in this land as well. He decides to try and find her. He is helped along the way by an electrocuted Russian rock star (Wigham) and a pretty hitch hiker (Sossamon).

The three travelling companions build up a good bond and encounter some interesting folk along the way. There are some surreal elements to the film which keeps it from just being another rom-com, albeit a rom-com with a difference. No, this film features a car which has a black hole underneath the passenger seat, which shows in flashbacks how each person killed themselves and has a weird cult thing going on, first with Tom Waits rag tag band of nutters, and then with Will Arnett.

It took me a while to get into the film, I think because of the bleak surroundings, but by the conclusion it had won me over. I still think it’s a totally crazy ride, and it certainly won’t be for everyone, but there is a lot to enjoy if you take the plunge.

3.5 clappers

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17 comments

  1. giorge thomas

    This was enough for me to go and check out the trailer – it looks good. I’ll have to check it out. I like Patrick Fugit. I like his delivery; it’s like he’s half a beat off the rhythm, which makes him refreshing.

    • I’m not sure if I’ve seen him in anything else apart from Almost Famous years ago. He suited the role though, and it’s a bit of a mad film!

  2. Definitely is a gem, the only reason I saw this when it came out is that I’m a big Tom Waits fan, it was a good surprise.

  3. Wow this sounds crazy. I want to see it now even just to see a movie that has both Will Arnett and Tom Waits in it!

  4. Abbi

    I love this movie… especially because Shia Whigam is basically just playing Eugene Hutz.

  5. Nice review Tom. With a bigger-budget, I feel like this premise would have been a bit more fully realized and used to the best of its advantage, but given that it was a small-time, indie, it’s just mildly amusing. Then again, I highly doubt any major studio would want to fund a “rom-com about suicide”.

  6. sounds cool! kind of like a grow-up version of Toothless. Did you ever see that movie?

  7. For a film that came out in 2006 it seemed a lot like a 90’s flick. Nice review

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