Updated: Jul 31, 2019
I knew nothing about this film aside all the Oscar debacle hype. I'm not sure what I thought I was expecting, but I was certainly surprised. From beginning to end it's delicate, both in the way it's shot and in its characters. The beauty of the cinematography betrays the reality of the harsh surroundings and initially draws you in... but make no mistake, this is a dark world and life is not a happy one. It strives to be though, to find purpose and in the first of several pivotal scenes when it comes, it's a revelation. Three clearly defined acts take us through the lead characters life as he struggles to find himself and find a place in a world that doesn't allow that. It's all very contemplative and even the music throws a curveball, sweeping strings and sympathetic piano that certainly breaks from the norm. I try when writing these posts not to give any spoilers, so I'll stop my waffle right here. If you know nothing of this film, like I did, count yourself lucky and allow yourself to be surprised. Thoroughly deserved the Oscar.