Beautiful camera movement and acting convey a world that is often mysterious, sinister and frightening, but it is a film whose layers slowly unpeel to reveal a beautiful core: perhaps its message is that art is the mode for reconciliation between people, and their desires.
This is a fantasic film with a fantastic manuscript. Bertolucci is such a master in balancing peoples lighter sides against the darker. He follows his own paths and creates a subtile and distinctive nerve in his films. I love his way of directing and I think this film are one of the highlights from his career.