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Cinema Junkie by Beth Accomando

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Life in hell? Patrick Fugit in Wristcutters: A Love Story (Autonomous Films)

Wristcutters: A Love Story (opening Nov. 2 at Landmark's Hillcest Cinemas ) might make good (or maybe I should say odd) companion viewing with Control , which is also opening this Friday. Both deal with suicide and feature the music of Joy Division.

M*A*S*H sang to us that "Suicide is Painless;" Harold and Maude and S.O.B. both made suicide a running gag; Whose Life Is It Anyway? argued for medical suicide; Lethal Weapon had Mel Gibson as a suicidal cop; The Big Chill used a suicide to bring a group of friends together; and 'Night Mother offered an example of one person's reason for just ending it all quietly. So suicide has been a popular theme for filmmakers. Goran Dukic tries to carve out some new territory with Wristcutters: A Love Story . His title alone suggests the quirky, ironic tone he's striving for.

 

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