Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself

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Released 2004

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Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself

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Director:
Lone Scherfig
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
The good-hearted Harbour has spent his whole life trying to take care of his motherless and suicidal little brother, Wilbur. The brothers are inseparable. When in their thirties, they lose their father and inherit his second-hand bookshop. One day Alice enters the shop with her little daughter. Alice is a cleaning lady at the nearby hospital and she sells the books that the patients leave behind. The daughter Mary yearns for a home where the books don't always get sold. Harbour falls in love with Alice and soon all four of them are closely intertwined in each other's lives - and perhaps even deaths.

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  • 80

    The New York Times Dana Stevens

    Like its humor, the film's sentiment sneaks up on you, and so does the dramatic reversal that makes it something more than a collection of wry anecdotes.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Call this a brooding comedy or a darkly whimsical drama, "Wilbur's" willingness to mix gallows humor and real sadness make it something on which labels do not easily fit.

  • 80

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    Given its impressive balance of charm and bite, it looks like anything but suicide.

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