An absolute feat in independent filmmaking. It's actually insane how well crafted this film is. From the music, to the gorgeously bleak cinematography, to the deeply nuanced acting by Vincent Gallo (who also wrote, directed, and scored the movie), everything is executed magnificently.
You can tell that Gallo meticulously planned every single shot in the movie. Framing and composition is superb and the camera is completely static for most shots. Even during scenes in which Billy is running or walking outside, the camera is usually just observing from a high/aerial vantage point.
Gallo's portrayal of Billy should be studied and analyzed by all actors and/or aspiring filmmakers. The detail he puts into it is just remarkable. His facial expressions, his body movement, it's all right there. All the emotional baggage, all the pent-up depression. I couldn't help but smile when he finally decides to accept Layla's love. Truly a beautiful and triumphant cinematic moment.