It’s not that often that I get excited over something I see on a the great movie website imdb.com, but I was thrilled when I saw the headline yesterday telling everyone of the nationwide opening of Wristcutters: A Love Story, one of my favorite movies in recent memory.
How, you may ask, did it become one of my favorite movies if it had never been in theaters? Well, that’s one of the (possible) joys of attending a film festival — you get to see movies others might not or at least before others are able to — in this over a year before most people have the chance.
Last fall, early in my time in Milwaukee, I volunteered to work for the Milwaukee International Film Festival. I had loved the Chicago International Film Festival, so I thought I’d try the MKE version, and being a “poor volunteer,” I took the suggestion of volunteering as an usher for a few hours at the festival and got free tickets to see some films I was interested in (I recommend this no matter who you are). Plus, Wristcutters was playing only about 8 blocks away from my house, so there was really no reason not to see it.
I can’t tell you exactly why I like it so much, but I’ll try — I think above all I just loved the story. It’s based on a short story by Etgar Keret, an Israeli writer — I picked up a copy of short stories he had in the MKE library and loved those, too (it contained The Nimrod Flip-Out, among others). It’s quirky by “real, ” too — or at least as real as a story set in an afterlife where everyone has committed suicide can be. The characters are fun, and it even contains a certain actor from Arrested Development (Gob maybe?) playing the Christ figure.
In any case, Wristcutters: A Love Story is starting in most major and many mid-major markets on 2 November 2007, so find a theater where it’s playing and go see it! I think (if you have similar movie tastes to me) you won’t regret it!
Another Keret short (very short) story — One Hundred Percent