Every scene was a small story in itself, each with its own beautifully framed shots and consuming sounds. Put together, all the scenes work to create an incredibly slow and patient film. This then builds to the unsurprising yet truly captivating end. The ear-assaulting sounds that accompany so many of the scenes really just put this film over the edge. The mix of extreme wide shots juxtaposed with confined close-ups perfectly encapsulate the cabin-fever feeling of the entire film.
On a side note, I watched this film in theaters for the first time on Halloween, and it was the best Halloween in ages.