Wow Barrett. What a fantastically depressing movie. Thanks for totally killing my buzz. What a stark difference between the young kids in "Water" and "Billy Elliot." I watched this with my wife, and, as usual, I fell asleep in the middle. I dozed off with the certainty that everything was going to be just fine; that Chuyia would break the mold that was the vicious cycle of making widows third-class citizens. Not so much.
I too thought this movie was the most brilliant, beautiful, well-acted, totally depressing movie I've ever seen. And now I'll try to forget it.