Personally I found this review to be rather unfocused, but you can be the judge. At any rate, I was impressed with Barras's gutsy commitment to ugliness and sorry, something that once characterized a great many stories for children but has mostly been sanitized out -- especially since the rise of Walt Disney. (Even Daniel "Lemony Snicket" Handler feels the need to mitigate his neo-Gothic misfortunes with a kind of scarequotes irony, which here means that he always keeps us at arm's length from tragedy.)
Anyway, see this film. It's pretty good.