Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself

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German title Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself
Original title Wilbur begår self-murder
Country of production Denmark
Great Britain
original language English
Publishing year 2002
length about 100 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Lone Scherfig
script Thomas Jensen
Lone Scherfig is different
production Sisse Graum Jørgensen
music Joachim Holbek
camera Jørgen Johansson
cut Gerd Tjur

Jamie Sives as Wilbur
Adrian Rawlins as Harbor
Shirley Henderson as Alice
Lisa McKinlay as Mary
Mads Mikkelsen as Horst
Julia Davis as Moira

Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself (German TV alternative title: Wilbur - Life is one of the hardest ) is a tragic comedy by the Danish director Lone Scherfig ( Italian for beginners ) from 2002.


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'. "

- film service 19/2003

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