Maybe it is meant to be something of an arthouse tragicomedy, but the script has peculiar odd ways preventing us to cry or smile. Nearly all deaths happened off screen, one in extreme long shot; unfunny humorous scenes. And then our protagonists aren’t the most charming bunch either. They keep using their illness as an excuse to act eccentric or get what they want from neighbors and family members: food, divorce, remarriage.
Maybe the filmmaker doesn’t want this to be just another predictable melodrama or your casual tear-jerker, and really it doesn’t have to. But audiences do have the right to feel at least a little bit sympathy for these ‘less fortunate’ people.
We don’t want to be sidelined, brushed aside, like those bullied (portrayed as prejudiced and ignorant) villagers in the movie.
My Rating: 3/10