From the beginning it's aloof and stylistic. It starts in the middle of the action, making it a bit confusing, but it's enjoyable. The best scenes where the memories and fantasies. The Asa nisi masa scene was so sweet and nostalgic that I can relate. The cinematography is amazing, and has the best use of black and white in a B&W film. It's a technical masterpiece, even if I thought it was too long at times.