Weirdly, this really doesn't work as well on a second sweep when you know what's going to happen. The foreshadowing is very prominent. But the sequence in which you can hear their thoughts before they speak is breathtaking, more-so for the fact its used in such a throwaway fashion. Would make a great double with PTA's The Master.
No central character.
No defined purpose for side characters.
No three acts.
No internal references.
No political polemical voice.
One of the best films ever made.
When, in the early part of 2012, I submitted my ballot for the Sight & Sound gigato-poll, I declined to add comments/justifications for my selections. At the time I thought that no-one would need to read the same daisy-chain of earnest banalities and highfalutin' proclamations about why I (me?!) have imposed masterpiece status on this rag-tag bunch of movies. Almost a year-and-a-half later, and I think I've changed my mind. It wasn't flip dismissal, it's probably that I didn't have it…