Why spectate such a deeply unpleasant film? There is a sense of humanity for Bubby, the more you understand his plight - mental health disability, troubled upbringing, incarcerated context. A challenge for the audience - to be compassionate towards the grotesque fringes of society, amidst a tragicomic cinematic tone which tacitly rebukes sentimentally manipulative methods of evoking the spectator's empathy.
Stunning as it is disturbing as it is brilliant. Days have passed since watching this and I am still pondering! In common with some other Australian flicks that thin veneer of that acquired sophistry of civil interaction is run headlong into raw, base and crude animal behaviour in a devastating train wreck that you cannot tear your gaze from. Left me utterly speechless.
This is a film that will leave you thinking. It reflects on the realities of the world we live in to an almost surreal level. Brilliantly controversial (although not always for the sake of being so), this film explores the human condition to a brutal and surprisingly heart warming level. This is a roller-coaster in tone, themes and emotions. Kaspar Hauser I love you, but I love this more..
A stunning multi-layered movie that is up with the very best of cinematic art. There seems to be so much coming at you every moment: Stunning visuals, engaging characterisation, oscar-worthy soundtrack and extraordinary script combine to create powerful mood, comment and insight into the human condition. A directoral coup in the grand Auteur tradition.