just so lovely and warm. its evocation of place melds with its diverse stylings to feel distinctly itself. the story, the characters, the scenes, each exist as beautifully conceived snippets, but build into something wonderful and (even more rare in first big pictures like this one) deserving of its length. a hopeful work, full of nostalgia for past youth, a celebration of the wisdom and weary love in old age, and a celebration of our small worlds as they are now. something both very fully immersed in the world, a separate Texan utopia deeply entrenched in a specific cinematic history for which the filmmaker is clearly a huge fan (and for which the film made me have a greater appreciation), and a personal work, the kind of art that you can feel is respite, process, savior, and a breathless explosion of love. cannot tell you how happy it makes me that this is so very good.