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Wristcutters: A Love Story - Preview

Shannyn Sossamon

Preview by Jack Foley

ONE of the more edgy films to be playing in competition at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival looks set to be Wristcutters: A Love Story, starring Patrick Fugit and Shannyn Sossamon.

Directed by Goran Dukic, and based on the novella by Etgar Keret, the film follows the fortunes of a suicide victim after he enters a quirky, quotidian universe that’s both strangely familiar and full of surprises.

Fugit plays Zia, a heartbroken young man who slits his wrists after breaking up with his girlfriend.

Once on the other side, however, he learns that his ex has also taken her own life and is somewhere at large among the unsmiling souls who populate this other world.

Still yearning for her, Zia sets out to find her, enlisting the help of an eccentric Russian rocker and a melancholic, hitch-hiker along the way.

Their journey takes them to greasy diners and decrepit salvage yards until they eventually meet Kneller, an unlikely shepherd-style figure (played by Tom Waits), who helps to provide the answers they have been seeking.

Sound strange? Most definitely but the film is already one of the most keenly anticipated of the Sundance Festival.

Its website says of the film: “Every turn in the road holds witty and poignant revelations for the lovable characters in Goran Dukic’s clever, irresistible, and wildly original debut feature.

“He transplants his Eastern European absurdist humour and existential worldview to the dusty American West and comes up with a small miracle of his own.”

The film should make its way to UK cinemas sometime later this year – in the meantime, keep an eye out for its quirky, dark charms on the festival circuit.

  1. Director Goran Dukic made some great short movies during his “Croatian period”. Unfortunatly, those movies arent translated, or (for now) posible to see anywhere except Croatia.

    tommy    Jan 30    #