It gets over shmaltzy towards the end, (actually the last 20 minutes could have been cut completely). The middle class painter and the working class railway man are both trapped in their devotion to their own received wisdoms, and the development of their relationship, which challenges this wisdom, is fascinating. The film is also very very funny, particularly when touching on village life.
This is film made me dig out my watercolours (to actually paint) and sign up for a little writing project. It's a believable story, so subtle, but powerful in its reminder of the importance of music, laughter, nature, expression, culture and friendship through all of the dazzle and poop life brings. Hits the spot. An easy watch that doesn't ask much of you except to keep up with the super-quick subtitles. Just me?
It's alright. The conversations are not so believable, a bit waffly and pretentious and never actually comes through with the juicy goods. All a bit half baked a touch empty even though it's a very heartfelt film. It wants to be deep and poetic and charming, "wants" being the key word. It's not a bad film and i'm glad i watched it, theres definitely something quite nice about it but not gonna hype it to anyone.
A gentle, touching, and wonderfully observant film. The two central performances are of the very highest quality and the opening half hour is nothing short of perfect. Whilst the rest of the film does not quite live up to the magnificent first chapter I was incredibly sad to leave its characters when the credits rolled.