Delightfully small in scale, but wide in heart as a metaphorical Winter thaws into Spring with themes of inarticulate taciturnity giving to way to nurture and acceptance. The control of tempo and emotion is well modulated with a generally spare, truthful eye for detail (despite a seemingly plentiful supply of casual sex in a remote location). A rewarding miniature (an assured directorial debut too).
On the plus side, the film is a pleasant experience, if very predictable. This is also a film where a discarded condom on the ground is a plot event though everyone has been having unprotected sex since the beginning and where a self destroying local savage is tamed by a perfect and competent foreigner (hero when Brexit?). The photography is nearly great, but focus is often off and DOF often counterproductive.