Wristcutters: A Love Story

When is an ending really a beginning? So it is in this quirky tale of personhood lost and found, a road movie that's both strange and funny ha-ha. Zia (Patrick Fugit) cleans his room to the pained music of Tom Waits, then promptly kills himself. Propelled to the realm of the dead, a scruffy landscape filled with greasy diners and flat beer, Zia meets up with a recently electrocuted Russian rocker (Shea Whigham) who joins him on a journey to sort out his fate. Bounding about in a battered clunker, they pick up a hitchhiker (Shannyn Sossamon) who feels she was unjustly banished to this lackluster limbo where no one can smile, but they can't forget that they can't. When the trio meets the philosophical Kneller (Tom Waits), the reluctant suicides begin to show signs of redemption. Wristcutters addresses the pain of loss and the greater pain of thinking that what you feel now will stick with you forever.

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