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Ultimately a feel good movie full of kind black humour
Our odd little "heros" don't want much. And they don't expect much. But it seems that even that little bit is more than they are going to get in life. Their bleak environment conspires against them at every turn. How nice than that along the way of pushing the proverbial uphill, their innocent simple kindness manages to let a little light into the life of some of the more sympathetic of their fellow sufferers who are also up against it.
There are exquisite, bleakly funny, little twists and turns, there is (pitch) black humour embedded in what are profoundly tragic circumstances. It meanders desperately and seemingly endlessly but just as one is about to murder the author for cruelty above and beyond what's acceptable even to fictional characters, some loose ends come together for those who don't blink at the crucial moment.
Everyone I saw walking out of the cinema was smiling, and that memory has stayed with me for the several years between now and then.
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