[Wristcutters: A Love Story]

For SIFF this year I bought two Cinematic Six-Packs, a handful of matinees, and a Gala ticket. At the counter, the clerk pointed out to me that one film in a six-pack was a matinee and thus could be bought separately for less, and so I flailed a bit to find something to take its place. In a panic I chose Wristcutters: A Love Story, mostly because it starred Patrick Fugit and I think he’s pretty darn adorable. Honestly, I thought the movie would probably suck. (On a related note, it sounds like my biggest miss, ie the movie I almost went to but didn’t, and yet keep hearing about, was another Fugit film: Bickford Schmeckler’s Cool Ideas.)

And oh my goodness. Excellent choice. It doesn’t have distribution yet, so I hope -someone- buys it because -I- want to buy it on DVD.

I haven’t read the short story it’s based on (yet), or the graphic novel that drew influence from both story & film, but I’m looking forward to it. The basic concept is that Fugit’s character kills himself and winds up in a world populated by suicide victims. And then he sets out on a road trip, complete with touches of magical realism, some from the story and some added by the filmmaker consistent with the universe.

Plus, the flick included tunes by Gogol Bordello & a perfect turn by Tom Waits. Much with the squee. I really have a hard time talking about it without wavy hands. The write-up in Siffblog pegs it as the poster’s current favorite of the year. It’s mine too, in spite of the fact that it also starred Shannyn Sossamon. So there you go.