Suicide comedy

The plot line of this upcoming movie sounds very odd (and it must be said, very original):

“Heartbroken by a break-up with his girlfriend Desiree, twentysomething Zia (Almost Famous’ Patrick Fugit) kills himself – only to wake up in the afterlife: a purgatory populated exclusively by other suicides, where the jukeboxes only play Joy Division and Nirvana, all the colours seem desaturated, and life is more or less the same as back in the real world – ‘just a little worse’. Learning that his beloved ex has also taken her life, he hooks up with a Russian misfit (whose final moments, seen in flashback, provide one of the film’s funniest scenes), and a moody Goth hitchhiker (Shannyn Sossamon), and sets off in a battered station wagon to find her; the resulting road-trip – including a scene-stealing cameo by Tom Waits – forms the basis of this ruefully funny road movie.”

It’s got excellent reviews so far, so I’ll be interested to see how it manages to deal with such a sensitive issue.

Link to official site.
Link to IMDB entry.

One Comment

  1. Neville
    Posted November 17, 2006 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    The plotis from one of Etgar Keret’s short stories called “Kneller’s Happy Campers” – to be found in “The bus driver who wanted to be god & other stories”
    I think it’s the best story in the book, and has the suicide travelling around meeting other suicides (including, memorably, a suicide bomber who’d been stitched back together)
    It would be interesting to see the film…


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