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New York Post:
Hausner's film feels authentically quiet and slower-paced for the time period ...
What really fascinates is the comedy of errors -- and manners -- that Hausner stages along the way, commenting sardonically on the various mishaps, misunderstandings and missed connections that ensue.
[writer-director Jessica Hausner has] made a bone-dry comedy of manners, finding absurdist humor in material most filmmakers would probably play straight.
The mise-en-scene is appropriately suffocating, marked by scrupulous production design and rigid, geometric framing, yet a savage, liberating wit lies beneath the surface.
Los Angeles Times:
Despite being inspired by actual events, it all comes off more confounding than tragic or romantic.
Less than propulsive as a narrative, but provocative, instructive, consistently surprising and a kind of slow-motion thriller.
The colorful costumes and decor have more character than the blandly coached cast, and the stiff, tableau-like images are a vain artistic pose.
New York Times:
It can be a strategically off-putting movie yet one that also steals under your skin scene by scene and through Ms. Schnoeink's slowly revealing performance as an ill-fated heroine turned future biographical footnote.
One thing's certain: This is no swoony love story. It intoxicates all the same.
Austrian writer-director Jessica Hausner has an unerring talent for examining, skeptically but never cynically, grand notions about destiny ...