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Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (2002)

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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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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Meet a man dying to live. See more »

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Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »
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8 November 2002 (Denmark)  »

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Dos hermanos  »

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Opening Weekend:

£37,461 (UK) (5 December 2003)

Gross:

$233,053 (USA) (11 June 2004)
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Director Lone Scherfig considers it her most complete film. See more »

Quotes

Alice: Don't you have a pair of scissors?
Harbour: No. We don't dare have anything sharp around. I've got a wee brother.
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Referenced in Det store lærred: Wilbur begår selvmord (2002) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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A well acted, beautiful, funny little charmer.
19 January 2005 | by (los angeles, ca) – See all my reviews

This film played in a small art-house theater in Los Angeles for several weeks with little or no promotion. I'd never heard of it and wondered why it continued playing for so long. I did not go to see it then but remembered the odd title. I subsequently came across the DVD and purchased it out of curiosity. I was amply rewarded for my adventure. The film, a Danish-Scottish co-production, is a small treasure. It is funny and poignant. The acting is uniformly fine and the characters are well defined and developed. The score is excellent and is performed by the Philharmonic of London. I share the DVD with friends and family and recommend the film highly. It's a wonderful little film.


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