Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
(Wibur Beg?r Selvmord)

Year: 2003
Country: DENMARK, UNITED KINGDOM
Run Time: 109 minutes

If anyone could be considered a serial suicide, it's Wilbur, hero of this exquisitely tender tragicomedy. Wilbur does indeed want to kill himself. He tries numerous times. He eventually wears out the patience of the anti-hari-kari support group at the hospital where Wilbur often ends up as an emergency room admission. Wilbur's therapists send him back to live with his brother Harper, manager of the gloomy secondhand bookshop passed down from their late father, who might have intended Wilbur to have the place instead, but only left the guy with an inheritance of pain and horrible memories. As irresistible as the impulse towards oblivion seems to Wilbur, so he is to the ladies, and the latest lass to be thoroughly attracted by Wilbur's tactless, biting, self-destructive personality is a fired hospital aide who once rescued him. She also happens to be Harper's wife...Lone Scherfig, director of the hit Dogme95 comedy "Italian for Beginners," here creates her own filmmaking style, Doleful03, where pain, love, humor and healing come bundled together in one sad sack.

Screenplay
Anders Thomas Jensen, Lone Scherfig

Producer
Sisse Graum Olsen

Cinematography
J?rgen Johansson

Editing
Gerd Tjur

Principal Cast
Jamie Sives, Adian Rawlins, Shirley Henderson, Lisa McKinlay, Mads Mikkelsen, Julia Davis, Susan Vidler

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