-"If we can believe what he's saying, the filmmaker's project is to compare the changing dynamics of the same situation in different milieus."
-"And you don't think he will succeed?"
-"I don't know. It's too early to tell. But I think he will fail."
-"Yes, he'll fail. He's already failed. But, in this case, the failure is interesting."
It's fun to speculate as to why Hal Hartley has repeatedly referred to this as his favorite of his own films. It's almost a perverse choice, not only in that it's his least accessible, most cerebral and theoretical work, but also that, by the director's own admission, the film's inaccessibility derailed his career (partially rehabilitated by Henry Fool, it's true, then only…