LIFE IS A TRIP BUT THE AFTERLIFE IS ONE HELL OF A RIDE
Wristcutters – A Love Story provides entry into a quirky universe that’s both strangely familiar and full of surprises. It’s an afterlife of menial jobs, dingy bars, bad transportation and old jukeboxes.
After Zia (Patrick Fugit) commits suicide by cutting his wrists, he finds himself in an afterlife limbo that is much the same as his former reality, just slightly worse. Here the color is dim, there are no flowers, and no one can smile. This strange realm is populated by people who have committed suicide, such as Eugene (Shea Whigham), a Russian rocker who lives with his mother, father, and brother (all suicide victims).
Together they waste most of their afterlives in bars, until Zia learns from a friend that his ex-girlfriend has also committed suicide. He and Eugene take to the road to find her, picking up hitchhiker Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon) along the way. She insists there's been a mistake, she did not commit suicide, and is seeking the "people in charge" in order to be sent back. Eugene, Mikal, and Zia eventually get stuck in a barren wasteland; when it seems they are about to die (again) they are picked up by Kneller (Tom Waits), a guardian angel who runs a camp to stop the suicide-victims from killing themselves (He claims that if they do it again, they will end up "someplace even worse").
EXTRAS – Storyboard comparisons – The making of Wristcutters featurette – Deleted scenes – Theatrical trailer – Director, producer and star commentary – Image gallery.