A dark story that skillfully blurs escapism and fantasy in the adolescent mind. Not quite a coming-of-age story, but more like a forcing-of-age. That is to say, circumstances force the young Jules into adulthood. The cinematography is static, but overall beautiful with plenty of shimmering fields and frothing blue oceans. The score is weak, and at times the story tries for subtlety or ambiguity - but is just vague.