Dec 13, 2008 Uncategorized
Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
”Suicide is painless, it brings on many changes”, sang John Mandel in 1970 in the opening credits of Robert Altman’s brilliant film MASH. Whether Wilbur (Jamie Sives) knows the song or even inspired by him, not an issue here. But the reality is that Wilbur will absolutely die. Thus, a (futile) attempt suicide chases the next. Some people might even be successful were it not for Wilbur’s brother Harbor (Adrian Rawlins), who repeatedly rescuing intervene when Wilbur has once again turned on the gas or hanged. But this predilection for suicide attempts is not the only distinctive trait Wilbur. First of all, Wilbur is simply antisocial. Even from a support group for suicidal one has kicked him out of his apartment anyway, and in his job as a kindergarten teacher, he treated his charges like dirt – and they love him for it. To women, he exerts a fatal effect, which can barely escape a woman, it was his therapist Moira (Julia Davis) or Alice (Shirley Henderson) who one day together in the run-down antiquarian bookshop, Wilbur and the Harbor have inherited that appears. But first, the single mother feels attracted to Harbor and soon to ring the wedding bells. During the wedding ceremony demonstrates Wilbur best behavior, only to find it in the bathtub (again cut open) the wrists. Again, he is rescued by Harbor, the wedding night, experience a must, which the latter had certainly imagined quite differently.
The turning point of Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself is the disease Harbors. In the case of the good-natured guy who always wants the best for the others, pancreatic cancer is diagnosed. Although Harbor did not want to admit, first, his days are numbered. But through his severe illness, he finally achieved exactly what he always wanted.
The director Lone Scherfig, like so many Danish filmmakers from the haze circle of dogma is movement, staged with Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself a film that can be very difficult to categorize: Let’s comedy, melodrama times, time remains for the spectator of the tragedy, the laughter frequently stuck in his throat. The story of the erlöserähnlichen Harbor is populated by quirky and memorable characters, such as depressive psychiatrist Horst (Mads Mikkelsen), the difference of their thematise serious issues such as poverty, illness or social isolation. And this is where you can find the only real weakness of the film: sometimes he’s just a little too flippant, too lax in dealing with the difficulties and challenges of its protagonists, and then almost falls into irrelevance. Nevertheless, Wilbur Wants To Kill Himself makes plain fun, which is mainly due to Adrian Rawlins, Jamie Sives and Shirley Henderson, the chemistry between them obviously wrong during shooting. With obvious pleasure and enthusiasm, they breathe a pantheon of human creatures, a strange life.
Title: Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself Country of production: Denmark Year of production: 2002 Length: 105 (Min) Rental:
format: 2,35:1 (anamorph) tone / language: Dolby Digital 5.1, English, German ISBN: ( #) 4006680042749Related posts