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Some Fellini touches, theatrical acting, intense irony.
Apparently, the film is loosely adapted from Hamsun's work. The result has some literary depth but done in a slow-paced drama.
The feeling of "huis clos" is somewhat balanced by the scenery.
Luchini's character, although almost typecast upon him from his prior work, works in the setting of the film. Dussolier's tone also worked well in such a context. Other characters were quite multi-dimensional, in a portrait manner.
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