5 Masterpiecebovinelife | 14/07/2009 | See all bovinelife's reviews (2)This is a masterpiece and there are precedents for some of the narrative techniques used in the film (look at the cinema of Bunuel especially That Obscure Object of Desire). It's no surprise this film will alienate some of the usual popcorn munchers and attention-deficit viewers who expect every step of their culture to explained to them on a shiny plate. Some sequences are deliberately designed to challenge how you view the timeline of the movie. Some of the actors swap roles confusingly. It's deliberate. This is a brave, big movie and it's very very moving. Even if you are confused, I am sure you will "get" the tone of the work. I was in tears at the end. Jon's Brion's score is excellent, especially the track "OK" which is a gorgeous swelling of strings and lumps in the throat. Mr Hoffman excels in the central role and I completely empathise with his confusion and angst in this weird theatrical charade which, although deadly serious in tone, is full of absurd coincidences, cheeky humour and potency.