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An inventive take on the road movie, this adaptation of a novella by Etgar Keret follows a young suicide (Patrick Fugit) who wakes up to a purgatory that looks like a lower-rent version of his life on earth. When he hears that his ex-girlfriend also has killed herself, he sets off to find her by driving cross-country with a failed Russian rock musician (Shea Whigham). Like some laid-back distant cousin of Tim Burton, writer-director Goran Dukic manages to balance the ghoulishness with whimsy and melancholy, at least for a while. But the strain is obvious in the story's last third, as the filmmaker struggles toward a resolution that fits the logic of the hero's netherworld. With Tom Waits and Shannyn Sossamon. 91 mins.

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