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You know the old "show, don't tell" adage? This movie never tells. It moves slowly and you piece everything together through what you witness and when characters are confused and lost, you are too.
So while the SF-but-modern-day-and-naturalistic plot is about as straightforward as, say, Spiderman's back story, you're not going to enjoy this if you're not OK with spending whole chunks of the movie wondering wtf was going on. It also goes for lots of arty jump cuts (heh,…
Good stuff - a slow-moving drama, primarily a character piece about the two in the title. I'll admit I spent a whole lot of time wondering wtf was going on between them, but that wasn't a problem.
Suitably random Nick Cave cameo, heh.
One of those highly-rated movies that is just bloody awesome (mate). On a big screen anyway... nothing happens in a rush, the cinematography's great (so much interplay between massive shots and claustrophobic close-ups), the soundtrack is Morricone's best, the story's good enough, the dialogue's fun, all the main characters are interesting... Absolutely top notch.