Keeps you on your toes—you never know when it's going to go for laughs or assault you. Everything from Godard to Resnais to Brakhage to (best of all) some 4th-wall-breaking to reveal the true tenderness behind transgressive cinema. Too many avant-detours for me, and the possible meanings of its use of Sophocles aren't worth my weak stomach. But it's a richly free film. Fun fact: in France, it's rated "12 and over."