If you remember the theme song to M.A.S.H , the notion of suicide being “painless” remains untrue and rather far-fetched. However, this movie attempts to make it seem a little more “bearable” (for lack of a better term) through black comedy. Remember, though, it’s an attempt.
It turns out that there is an afterlife reserved especially for those who have taken their own lives. Zia (Patrick Fugit) ended up there after slashing his wrists. Throughout the film he mentions his depression over former girlfriend, Desiree (Leslie Bibb). While the exact location is never named outright, it?s like the physical world, only more mundane, depressing, and bleak.
He makes friends with two particular residents of this realm: Russian musician Eugene (Shea Whigham) and Mikal (Shannyn Sossamon), who insists that she was there accidentally and needs to speak to the “people in charge” to plea for her case. Zia still finds that he cares about Desir?e, and after hearing about her own suicide, ambitiously searches for her. At any rate, they all go through their new “lives” in a perpetual quest for something they can’t really verbalize.
There were definitely some humorous aspects to it and it dealt with a very touchy subject in an understated, non-threatening way. I felt that some of the plot could have been extended a little more, but the ending was tastefully done. This was an interesting movie for a Sunday afternoon. If you have a little opening in your schedule, you may want to consider giving this a look.
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