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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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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

Director Lone Scherfig considers it her most complete film. See more »

Quotes

Harbour: You should never do roast duck according to a cookery book. Never.
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Connections

Featured in Det store lærred: Wilbur begår selvmord (2002) See more »

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O Come, All Ye Faithful
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(when Harbour comes home from the hospital)
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Allow life things to happen and do not throw it away
23 March 2016 | by markmuhlSee all my reviews

A bookshop in Glasgow, somewhat shabby and messy but still cozy. Two different brothers living in a bookshop, one nice and helpful, the other one miserable, lame and suicidal for no real reason. A tomb without a tombstone on a cemetery looking down on a gray and not very inviting city and a bookshop. A nice older brother removing chewing gum from the soft hair of a young mother selling left over books from a hospital to a bookshop. A suicidal younger brother thrown out even from his own suicide therapy group for being too destructive. A suicidal younger brother being very popular with the children of his nursery group. A young mother emotionally in between two brothers running a bookshop. A children birthday party with the highlight of a nice older brother vomiting on a child called Fatima. A lonesome nurse enjoying having her ear licked by a suicidal younger brother. A nice older brother incapable of sharing bad news with the family. A suicidal younger brother preventing a suicide attempt from someone of his former suicide therapy group. The kid of a young mother willing to invest all her savings in a somewhat shabby bookshop. A Danish uncaring psychiatrist named Horst showing emotions for a cleaning lady from his hospital in which left over books used to be removed by a former staff member. A not yet roasted Christmas duck creating mixed feelings between two brothers running a bookshop. A nice older brother always to be remembered by his stepdaughter.

If you think that the above lines do not make a whole lot of sense then this is, of course, also because they do not tell the whole story but hopefully give an impression on what kind of movie it is. The overall story line is in fact quite straightforward but little unexpected things are always waiting around the corner. The characters have their flaws and do not always act rationally, as it is the case in real life. In this way, they become true human beings and no patterns thereof. The film does not try to find explanations for all things happening but accepts life in its unfairness and inexplicability, which also makes it valuable and beautiful. Allow life things to happen and do not throw it away since the outcome is unknown.

In that sense, allow this movie to happen in its slow pace and you may rather be rewarded than disappointed. The solid acting performances do support the film's intention.


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