DVD & Video: April 19 2004
Cast: Jamie Sives, Adrian Rawlins, Shirley Henderson, Lisa McKinlay,
Mads Mikkelsen, Julia Davis
Director: Lone Scherfig
‘A love story, a melodrama, and a tearjerker that packs a considerable punch.’
Allan Hunter, Screen International
The chronically suicidal Wilbur (JAMIE SIVES – ‘Glasgow Kiss’) and his good-hearted big brother Harbour (ADRIAN RAWLINS - Breaking The Waves) are in their thirties, when their father dies, leaving them with nothing but a worn down second-hand bookshop in Glasgow. Wilbur survives yet another suicide attempt and goes to hospital, where he meets Horst (MADS MIKKELSEN - Open Hearts), a cynical psychologist and his empathic head nurse, Moira (JULIA DAVIS – ‘Big Train’). Like Harbour, they believe that Wilbur needs a girlfriend. But even though women fall for Wilbur all the time, they can't get close to him.
In fact, it is Harbour who falls in love when a shy and intense woman, Alice (SHIRLEY HENDERSON - 24 Hour Party People, Bridget Jones’s Diary), enters the lives of the brothers. Alice lives a life in isolation with her little daughter, Mary. She supplements her job as a cleaning lady at the hospital's surgical ward, selling books that the patients have left behind. Little by little, Wilbur, Harbour and Alice become inseparable. Wilbur starts regaining his lust for life, Alice starts to come out of her shell, and Mary starts reading the thousands of books in the second-hand bookshop.
Harbour has never been happier, but he carries a deep secret, that threatens to surface.