Quite a few art films are so refined as to risk appearing precious. They risk the soporific. Going against the grain, this one is alloyed with such commercial motifs as scatological & slapstick humor. The surprising result is pure alchemy: a narrative of the first order. A bittersweet evocation of the intensities of youth: love & heartbreak, the ideal & the real. Sentimental, true, but an arrow through the heart.