A compelling visual novel, with realistic dialogue and characterization. The first half is almost a typical romance drama, based on an affair, while the second half delves into a subuded yet engaging thriller. The climax is actually more tense than some full-blown thrillers.
Many comparisons and similarities (both direct and subtle) to Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" are present. However, while the motives for the novel's anti-hero are more philosophical by nature, those of the film's protagonist are much more superficial.
High-society is both realistically and satirically represented in the film. One directorial choice that I enjoyed is people speaking amongst each other, stumbling and stuttering over their words. This is a realistical portrayal that is rarely depicted in movies.