Loopy `Wristcutters' cuts right to the heart

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November 09, 2007|By Michael Sragow | Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic

Wristcutters: A Love Story is a lousy title for a lovely-loony picture about an afterlife for suicides. It's an off-road "road movie" about people who off themselves.

Patrick Fugit, still almost famous from Almost Famous (2000), plays Zia, who kills himself because he's heartbroken over Desiree (Leslie Bibb), the woman he thinks is his true love. In the odd little corner of the afterlife reserved for suicides in this movie - the seedier parts of Los Angeles and off-highway roads in the Southern California desert - Zia befriends a Russian rocker named Eugene (Shea Whigham), who electrocuted himself on stage to spite his audience. Together they go looking for Desiree, who killed herself not long after Zia did. On their humorously low-key quest, they stumble across a dark-haired beauty named Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon), who declares she ended up in limbo by mistake and demands to find the authorities.

Wristcutters: A Love Story (Autonomous Films) Starring Patrick Fugit, Shea Whigham, Shannyn Sossamon, Tom Waits. Rated R. Time 91 minutes.

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