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Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Lone Scherfig
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Sives ... Wilbur
Adrian Rawlins ... Harbour
Shirley Henderson ... Alice
Lisa McKinlay Lisa McKinlay ... Mary
Mads Mikkelsen ... Horst
Julia Davis ... Moira
Susan Vidler ... Sophie
Robert McIntosh Robert McIntosh ... Taylor
Lorraine McIntosh Lorraine McIntosh ... Ruby
Gordon Brown Gordon Brown ... Wayne
Mhairi Morrison ... Claire (as Mhairi Steenbock)
Andrew Townsley Andrew Townsley ... Doctor
Coral Preston Coral Preston ... Jenny
Colin McAllister Colin McAllister ... Male Supervisor
Owen Gorman Owen Gorman ... Porter
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Storyline

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. Written by Laplisse4

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Taglines:

Meet a man dying to live. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »
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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Spain]

Country:

Denmark | UK | Sweden | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 2002 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Dos hermanos See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,747, 14 March 2004

Gross USA:

$235,294

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,546,505
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

One of a more or less successful series of foreign language film made by Danish filmmakers using Danish money, after the success of Danish language films around the world. Others include Breaking the Waves (1996), Dancer in the Dark (2000), It's All About Love (2003), I Am Dina (2002), Dogville (2003), Skagerrak (2003) and The King Is Alive (2000). See more »

Quotes

Doctor: [talking to Harbour about his health] I asked our senior psychologist to pop in just so he's kept in the picture.
Harbour: In the picture?
Doctor: As to the best way to tell you about this.
Harbour: Oh. I know Horst well. My brother wants to kill himself.
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Connections

Features Haut pays des neiges (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(uncredited)
(when Wilbur tries to cook the duck)
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tender little movie
16 November 2005 | by damienmuldoonSee all my reviews

If you can get hold of this film it is well worth a look. Set in Scotland and telling the tale of a suicidal man whose life changes when he falls in love with single mother Shirley Henderson, it is both witty and sad in just the right measure. The love interest between the two leading characters is not straight forward and it is upon this dilemma that the film's plot revolves. Carefully directed, it never crosses the line into outright sentimentality although it does come dangerously close. Shirley Henderson is wonderful, as usual, but there are also strong performances from Jamie Sives and Adrian Rawlins. It is a low-key movie but a touching one that proves movies don't have to be violent, fast moving or steamy to entertain. Particularly suitable for lovers of kitchen sink romance.


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