This movie is hardly a drama, but to be fair Tenenbaums wasn’t very dramatic either. I really wanted to fit this movie in somewhere, but couldn’t find the appropriate place for it, so here it is. Wristcutters: A Love Story is too unknown. More people should be talking about it. So here I go.
In college, I took a class called Media Aesthetics & Criticism. For our final paper and presentation (which, coincidentally, was my final final paper of my college career) we got to choose a movie to discuss and analyze. I chose Wristcutters: A Love Story, despite several attempts by my professor to get me to choose something “less depressing.” It’s hard to explain to someone that a film called “Wristcutters” is not depressing. When I first discover something that I really like, I am infatuated with it; I get so passionate about it, it becomes all I talk about and all I focus on. I made my friends watch this movie; I wrote my final-final paper about it; I fell in love with it.
Wristcutters is about a sort of purgatory. It’s about the place people go after they’ve committed suicide. It’s a lot like this world, only slightly worse (there are no stars, and no one can smile). This film features Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Will Arnett, Shea Whigham, Tom Waits, and many more amazing people, as well as music by Gogol Bordello. One of my favorite things about this movie is the use of color. Obviously, everything is dimmer in suicide-limbo-world, and the filmmakers used color to accent things about each character and scene.
This movie is seriously gorgeous and inventive and I still love it.
Caution (TW): There is a lot of shown suicide in this movie, and while it isn’t entirely graphic, it is definitely present. If that is something you need to stay away from, do not see this movie.