There's no way I can have any clear thoughts on this first viewing.
I have decided that there is no possible way for me to rank this film. I cannot disconnect the film itself from the music and the performance. As I was fortunate enough to see Sufjan on this tour I am also unable to disconnect the film or the music itself from the profound, life changing experience that it was to see this show live. I know the film reminded me of that feeling which is something I'm very grateful for. I will simply click on the little heart, go to my room and cry for joy of life and art, and leave it at that.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film embodies everything that I love about the Criterion Collection. It is merely circumstantial that it happened to be the very first DVD that the Criterion Collection ever released, a fact I did not know until after setting out to write this article. La Grande Illusion is a film set during World War I. It was directed by one of the masters of French film, Jean Renoir, and was a monumental movie when it was released in 1937.