I saw this film because of the hype. I later found out it was based on one of my favorite short stories from my favorite author, Julio Cortar. After watching the film I have to say it was a complete let down.The film tries to come off as a deep portrayal of narcism and how vanity renders people emotionless and detracted from reality. The film is known for its lack of resolution (something borrowed from Cortazar) and its focus on design and cinematography over character which is something that could not stand on its own and is only bearable(I agree with previous comment that the film is a test of patience) due to an original premise (also borrowed from cortazar).It had a nice use of color, and 2 memorable scenes, the first photo shoot which the model carries on her shoulders and the band scene which really does not fit well with the rest of the film. This is pretty much all the film has to offer, which are things that have been done before in better ways.
However I understand that just because it borrowed the premise from a great, original and well written story it got famous. The film doesn’t come anywhere near the greatness of the original story which is the true master piece, so much so that a mediocre film in the outskirts of its shadow is considered great by many. At the end its really more of an insult than an homage to the inspiring idea.