This is Todd Haynes by way of Almodóvar, forcing you to sit in romantic discomfort. The film oozes with melodrama and humor, accentuated by an often ironic score that operates as much like a punchline as a driver of drama. One of the best films of the year and also one of Haynes’ greatest works.
For the greatest clockmakers, chaos swirls outside the confines of their creations, bringing damage to their relationships and stability; but even the most visionary craftsmen can’t stop the gears of corporatization from jamming up their ambition.
Oh, and the races are absolutely thrilling (and often terrifying).