By no means perfect, the storytelling and especially the soundtrack are almost irritating. However characters feel very real, the performances are great from both the young and older cast, that can't be denied. Also Isabella Rossellini acting in Italian, always a treat.
2.5 The movie is bad, but the book is even worse. However, I found intriguing the director's approach to take a cheesy bestseller and spin the story in a "Pulp fiction" manner. For those reading the book first, it will be a peculiar experience. "Wasn't that the opening sequence in the book? Why is it in the middle of the movie?" Maybe that was the whole point: any bestseller is in the end pulp fiction.
Horror of abused bodies, unhappy childhood and youth... a mute scream of pain, hunger of feelings and feeling unconfortable everywhere. He has lost his lost-minded twin in a forest, she's has lost her bodies in mist and snow. I think there's too much pain in this movie (but the novel was even more desperate), but even some scattered beauty