I don't really have a burning desire to defend this film, and I certainly don't think it's a masterpiece, but I'd cut her some slack - I mean, what the hell comes close to The Mirror
Granted, this is one of those films that - and this comparison to The Tree of Life
is certainly an earned one - will evaporate in a miserable puff of smoke with the slightest hint of cynicism of the viewer's part, and I usually bring plenty, but all in all I found it more honest than pretentious (something I can't always say about AW - no wish to open that can of worms, but it's difficult not to compare this with him). I was very surprised that the final shot made such an impression on me, as I'm normally quite allergic to all kinds of emotional manipulation - meaning the score, which someone in Cahiers du Cinéma aptly described as "ersatz Mogwai". I do suspect it might be less effective on second viewing though, and while I certainly wouldn't recommend it to everyone
, I think "anyone" is a bit too harsh on what is basically a sympathetic, minor film from a potentially interesting director.