The first 3/4 of this film is probably 5 stars. But it veers into a weird territory that really sucked out the sexy, funny energy that was transfixing me. The acting is wonderful (just watch Fiennes dance!) and it's a beautiful film. There are such great scenes, but the hypnosis was broken at one point and my feelings and loyalties to certain characters all shifted (maybe the point? perhaps the movie is smarter than I thought?).
I felt similarly mixed by the director's last work with Tilda, I Am Love. I enjoy watching these movies but I'm not sure they are entirely successful.