Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself | Chicago Reader

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Danish director Lone Scherfig's first English-language feature falls short of the affecting, mordant wit of her celebrated Dogma 95 effort Italian for Beginners. Wilbur, a morose Glaswegian, and Harbour, his older, more stable brother, both fall in love with Alice, a shy single mother; the love triangle collapses into tired melodrama when Harbour is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Scherfig aims at bittersweet irony, but Wilbur's suicide attempts yield neither pathos nor humor, although some of the supporting players—notably Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen as a disaffected doctor whose cynicism masks deep empathy—give glimpses of what this could have been in surer hands. R, 111 min.

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