There was some great and even horrowing recurring motifs that played out really perfectly, but the were scattershot between some fairly clichéd (and underexplored) characters and a bad use of a good soundtrack. It's not that I disliked it, it's more that I really wanted to like it more, but just couldn't connect with it. Watch C.R.A.Z.Y. instead.
A very unique and entirely confident film with a kind of confused idea of who it's audience is. It plays like a kids movie with the hamster but the rest of the subject matter is AO. Some beautiful psychedelic sequences hold it together but it relies too heavily on the soundtrack. 2.5 stars
The film is cute: a bit too clunky on the family drama; super-duper soundtrack; lovely colours; and that kiss scene was very steamy... even if Oscar's apathy was bugging me a little. The film could have amped up the volume on a couple of key moments. All the symbolisms and metaphors were a nice touch, but... who the fuck casts Isabella Rossellini as a talking hamster?!
2-3. I think it's pretty nicely put together. But it's also very played out. The abusive father, the unyieldingly supportive female friend, the rescue by the mother (the superior parent as usual), etc. It's not even that striking as far metaphors are concerned; the make-up, the wolf symbolism, the emotional freedom of the open water; I've seen it all before. But still it's a competent package, if familiar.