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Wristcutters: A Love Story

Wristcutters: A Love Story
Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Shea Whigham, Leslie Bibb, Tom Waits and Will Arnett

Rated: R for language and disturbing content involving suicide
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: November 2, 2007 Released by: Autonomous Films

There's some odd fascination into Wristcutters: A Love Story for a while, but this tale of the afterlife may be a bit outre and surreal for its own good. To its credit, it doesn't aim to wear its off-centered nature on its cinematic sleeve.

Starring Patrick Fugit and Shannyn Sossamon, the film by Croation director/writer Goran Dukic has Fugit's Zia awaking in a dank desert environment. All the denizens aren't smiling and are scarred from self-mutilation or terminal infliction.

There, a Russian named Eugene (an energetic Shea Whigham) dwells with his suicidal clan. Zia learns that former girlfriend (Leslie Bibb) has offed herself and exists somewhere here. The tale plays like a road picture, an absurdist Wizard of Oz with an offbeat humor associated with it. Sossaman, captivating in A Knight's Tale, turns up as a hitchhiker who claims she's been misplaced in this gloomy milieu. Her character is often seen writing over signs.

Dukic works in some romantic leanings and deadpan, dark line readings and situations, respectively. Tom Waits is an arcane stranger who has a commune of happy campers and Will Arnett (Blades of Glory) is a self-referential King at some big festival. Zia toils at the Kamikaze Pizzeria . Part of the jaggedness done with sketchy bleached-out quality works off the notion of how people have gotten here. A decent rapport exists between Whigham and the compatible Fugit and Sossamon. Wristcutters is sometimes vivid and daring in the land of the dead, but its pretentiousness is too stretched out, before a final welcome awakening.

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