This beautiful movie will not appeal to everybody. It has no guns or huge explosions, no quick one-liners or sharp dialogue, but it says so much about family, and true sacrifice, the death of family values and the loss of tradition. It is both thoughtful and thought provoking. It is worth seeing just for the scene where Elijah Wood tries to grasp the concept of the difference between “may” and “can” after asking his formidable teacher “can I go to the toilet”, only to be told “You CAN, but you MAY not”. The perplexing look on his face is priceless.
The movie deserves a better disc but is still a joy even in this ready salted variety.
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