Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Rec. #108: Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
What: As often happens (in movies and books, at least), there's a good brother and a troublesome brother. Wilbur is not the good brother. Even though Wilbur gets the title, the film's real focus is the other brother --- the sympathetic, responsible, selfless one --- who is named, fittingly, Harbour. He's spent his life trying to keep his depressive younger brother safe. When Alice (played by the always-wonderful Shirley Henderson) and her daughter enter the picture, things slowly start to change.
Comparable to: Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself is an interesting blend of Scottish and Danish sensibilities. The movie is set in Edinburgh, but the writer/director, Lone Scherfig, is from Denmark. Scherfig also directed An Education.
Representative quote: "It gets more and more humiliating every time I survive."
You might not like it if: You get distracted by the excellent actors in smaller roles and want the movie to be about them. Mads Mikkelsen and Julia Davis fans, I'm talking to you.
How to get it: You can buy it or rent it. If you have trouble with Scottish or Danish accents, I suggest closed captioning. (Well, actually I always suggest closed captioning, but I really like reading words.)