Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
|German title||Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself|
|Original title||Wilbur begår self-murder|
|Country of production||
|length||about 100 minutes|
|Age rating||FSK 12|
Lone Scherfig is different
|production||Sisse Graum Jørgensen|
The film is set in Glasgow, Scotland . The egocentric Wilbur wants to kill himself, but is always saved by his brother Harbor. After another suicide attempt, Wilbur is banned from participating in his therapy group because of his provocative behavior. He has to leave his apartment and move in with his brother. He tries to continue running her late father's chaotic and run-down bookstore, but business is rather bad. There Harbor meets the single mother Alice. She works as a cleaning helper in the hospital and sells the books left behind to Harbor as extra income. One day she saves Wilbur when he tries to hang himself in the shop. Harbor and Alice fall in love and get married, but even on their wedding night, Wilbur makes another attempt at suicide. A little later, after a fainting spell, Harbor is admitted to the hospital and confronted with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer . While he is undergoing chemotherapy in the hospital and waiting to die, Wilbur and Alice fall in love. After a last Christmas dinner together, Harbor takes his own life in the hospital, while suicide is no longer an issue for Wilbur himself .
“A film that tries to get to the bottom of the complex of topics of life, love, death, luck and misfortune with a dash of English humor, while formally breaking new ground. Supported by a strong ensemble of actors, the bittersweet tragic comedy condenses into a humorous, reflective study of the 'bearable heaviness of being'. "