For all its somber and mundane reality, it's a tough film to process in witnessing a young person who can't take control of his life and just leads himself into a darker chapter of his life that he'll have to learn from in the hardest way. He's both sad and frustrating to grow close to and the different segments of his journey grow from awkward to harsh that it keeps the feelings heavily divided on where it goes.
Sort of your uneducated poor country mouse goes to the big city to find fame and fortune. Unfortunately our hero is such a pious vacuous twit that it’s difficult if not impossible to understand why so many people keep trying to help him. Overall decent performances but my dislike of the main character spoiled this for me.
I really loved this film in the beginning. Not knowing anything about it, I was drawn into finding about the main character and the central conflict. I was impressed by the economy of the storytelling, how the Director could compress most scenes into one shot. But as it wore on I was less and less sympathetic to the inflexible protagonist, the cartoonishly French conflicts between him and everyone around him. A dud.