Wristcutters

Wristcutters: A Love Story is, as of tonight, one of my new favorite films. It’s about a guy named Zia (Patrick Fugit) who commits suicide because his girlfriend left him. He finds himself in a sort of Purgatory, a broke-down, trashy afterlife for suicides. He makes friends with Eugene (Shea Whigham), a Russian singer who committed suicide on stage, and gets a job working in a pizza joint. (Eugene bears more than a passing resemblance to Eugene Hutz, lead singer of Gogol Bordello, who is a friend of the director.)

One day, Zia discovers that his ex-girlfriend has also committed suicide. He and Eugene hit the road, looking for her. Along the way, they meet Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon, whom I have an enormous crush on). She’s trying to find the People In Charge, since — as she keeps insisting — she’s not supposed to be here.

It’s about death and love and friends, and it’s got Tom Waits in it, and it’s really funny and really sweet, and I love it. You should check it out on DVD. I give it four and a half out of five.

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