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Movie Review: Wristcutters: A Love Story

Alternate Title: We are not in Kansas Anymore

Story: Is there a special place for suiciders in the afterlife? Croatian director and writer Goran Dukic seems to think so and it is not the place you would imagine. Based on Kneller's Happy Campers by Israeli writer, Etgar Keret we find a desert like, washed out landscape filled with broken cars, an inability to smile, doom, gloom and quirkiness. In this special place when a suicider meets another suicider they don't ask 'what's your sign'? -they ask how they 'offed' themselves.

Is there love in the afterlife? So it seems as our young suicider discovers that the love of his life also offed herself and he embarks on a road trip with a friend in search of his love. It is an odd road trip, buddy film and there are a few good laughs along the way. This special place in the afterlife has the same annoyances that the earthly existence had, such as - bad jobs, bad roommates, bad choices.

If you like your films with a hefty dose of quirkiness you will find this film about suiciders strangely life affirming.

Acting: Patrick Fugit (Almost Famous) is all grown up now and is just fine as the suicider in search of true love. Shannyn Sossamon as the hitchhiker is very interesting. Tom Waits almost steals the movie as the owner of the campground.

Predilection: I like quirky

Critters: A cute white dog

Food: There are bad diners in the afterlife too.

Sex Spectrum: There is love but no sex shown in the afterlife.

Soundtrack: A fun soundtrack with music by Bobby Johnston

Opening Titles: A very interesting sequence showing our hero before he offs himself. All titles at the end.

Visual Art: Not much visual pleasure in the afterlife.

Theater Audience: A handful of happy campers.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 4

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: It was short enough that I did not have the chance to drift.

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be fine.

Length: 90 minutes