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Director: Lone Scherfig
Main cast: Jamie Sives, Adrian Rawlins, Shirley Henderson, Lisa McKinlay, Mads Mikkelsen, Julia Davis, Susan Vidler, Robert McIntosh, Lorraine McIntosh, Gordon Broem, Mhairi Steenbock, Mhairi Steen
Synopsis: Wilbur (Sives) has attempted suicide by every possible means but has yet to succeed. When his father dies, his brother Harbour (Rawlins) encourages him to take an interest in the down-at-heel secondhand bookshop that they have inherited. One of their most devoted customers is single mother Alice (Henderson) who works at the local hospital and augments her meagre income by selling the eclectic array of books that are discarded in the waiting rooms and wards. There is an instant rapport between the vulnerable Alice and the kindly Harbour and a deeper affection that grows between her and Wilbur. Faced with a sense of responsibility to others, Wilbur finally becomes selfless enough to embrace life and stop wanting to kill himself.
Year: 2002
Format: DVD

' The life he wanted to end was just about to begin '

105 mins
Language: English

Director: Lone Scherfig
Main cast: Jamie Sives, Adrian Rawlins, Shirley Henderson

The good-hearted Harbour has spent his whole life trying to take care of his motherless and suicidal little brother, Wilbur. The brothers are inseparable. When in their thirties, they lose their father and inherit his second-hand bookshop. One day Alice enters the shop with her little daughter. Alice is a cleaning lady at the nearby hospital and she sells the books that the patients leave behind. The daughter Mary yearns for a home where the books don't always get sold. Harbour falls in love with Alice and soon all four of them are closely intertwined in each other's lives - and perhaps even deaths

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