|Date:||June 7th, 2004 08:00 am (UTC)|| |
Definitely not life-affirming. Its main character drifts aimlessly through his life, much to the detriment of those around him. On some level I found it draining to watch.
On balance, though, I'd say it was a good film. It's a slice of life I wouldn't want to try out directly, but it was interesting to watch. I did find the glimpses of barge-life strangely appealing. Though it was sad to see that too was doomed.
I'm not really sure what dostoevskian means; I'd classify this as a sort of neorealist film noir. I'm not sure if the main character is amoral, sociopathic, or just so disconnected he can't relate to anyone. If those are meaningful differences.