- Tue Nov 29, 2005, 9:19 AM GMT
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WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY provides entry into a quirky universe that's both strangely familiar and full of surprises. Zia (Patrick Fugit) an aimless but amiable young man, so distraught over his recent breakup with girlfriend Desiree (Leslie Bibb), decides to end it all. He Slashes his wrists expecting to find solace but discovers an afterlife that is not so different from his previous life, just a bit worse. It's a world of menial jobs, dingy bars, bad transportation and old jukeboxes, all populated by the seemingly damned masses who have committed suicide.
Zia adapts to his new surroundings by befriending Eugene (Shea Whingham), a clever, oddly charming Russian rocker who's entire family has "offed" themselves. His spirits rise when he discovers that his dream girl, Desiree, has also committed suicide. After convincing Eugene that he has nothing better to do, they pile into a rickety orange station wagon held together by masking tape and hit the road in search of Zia's love. Along the way, they discover a new friend, Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon), a sexy and intelligent ingenue who is determined to prove she is in the after-life by a cruel mistake. They also discover Kneller (the multi-talented Tom Waits) who may not only hold the secret to finding Desiree and helping Mikal escape, but to shepherding them all through the ultimate version of Utopia.
Filled with unexpected miracles and absurdist humor, WRISTCUTTER: A LOVE STORY celebrates how precious and unexpected one's life truly is.