After an edgy start and an audience-teasing midsection, the pic sinks at the 80-minute mark.
Joyless self-pity and condescension are passed off as existential despair.
An Iranian worker is driven to desperate measures in the rigorous, mostly black-and-white drama.
Hur Jin-ho has bounced back with one of his finest pictures.
A beguiling balance of folksy sensibilities and tight plotting.
Gadfly artist of the '80s Mark Kostabi is accurately described as a "half-ass entertainer."
This Japanese "Sideways" can't top an unimprovable original.
Fascinating viewing and a valuable piece of social history.