It is bleak but it looks great. Its inkiness saves the pastoral shots from being too dull. But hang on, we're half an hour in and no noticeable plot has developed. The film lacks focus and becomes a very boring experience, despite how good it looks. But you know, atmosphere goes a long way, and so I can’t hate it.
Ward's debut film was a well crafted visual delight that follows a young girls' sorrow and maturing after losing her father and then dealing with her mother's new relationship. Beautiful compositions and excellent use of colour don't quite compensate for what is rather a pretty dry run and even at only ninety minutes an overlong one.