I was surprised how quickly and deeply this film drew me into deep and sometimes dark contemplation of myself, the world and the many ways that life and people can be soft and loving and simultaneously, paradoxically, difficult and tragic.
The acting is superb..... The adaptation and screenplay as good as they come. My heart was torn in ways that few films can touch me. Timidly optimistic, hopeful and joyful as well as afraid, sad, truly worried for the leading character and feeling his ups and downs; His fears and past hauntings and confusion from attempting to reconcile his new found passion for life with the past which is inescapable.