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It can be quite powerful on the rare occasions when it allows raw emotion to make its way to the surface.
The film is almost monotonously somber, though not in a bad way -- when it erupts into violence or settles briefly into moments of intimacy, the shift in tone can be surprising, even invigorating.
Los Angeles Times:
It's a strong story of lonely, even futile righteousness, which makes the plodding execution by director Arnaud des Pallieres somewhat mystifying.
New York Times:
The severely beautiful film is painted in a dauntingly austere manner, as if lost in a war against itself, with confrontations underplayed and the rural landscapes making more of an impression than the detoured drama.
Succeeds neither as a decent adaptation of the book nor as a rewarding movie in its own right ... Dullness prevails.
This muted approach robs the film of sorely needed momentum, but offers a rare opportunity for contemplation, a trade-off that only occasionally satisfies.