Watching her perform a pantomime of the high wire act in form-fitting pink cloth jumpsuit is unspeakably sensual. Watching the men watching her is an immensely joy. Menzel works wonders with hidden depths. What looks like an attempted rape ends in an unexpected nap; the look on Preissová’s face when she realizes what’s happened is almost enough to give this film the top prize [at Cannes].
February 13, 2014