This is a special film. I don't know what sort of impact it might have on a foreign audience, but I think it captures very well the ambivalent feelings those who come from small towns and move to the city feel upon their return.
A film about how we lack the courage to tell the truth of what we really want to do with our life and how we choose to follow the path of ordinary life and social conventions by suppressing emotions and giving up on dreams. Simple and touching. I really liked it.
A typical, without any surprises, score very well executed. Restrained and 'dangerless', still not at all in a negative way. It, rather, gave me the impression of a director who wants to first make sure he controls and knows his grounds -- which he does -- before he reaches out seeking his limits. The fourth star is for this attitude really. I'm left waiting for his next one.
It’s a film with a potential that is diluted by its rather cheap tricks to make us care. However, it still has some degree of gritty mundanity that safes it from a disaster and makes it a pretty watchable affair.