The film, which also stars Tilda Swinton, touches upon the indestructible human desire for life, liberty, and happiness, illusions that never come true, and the insignificant things that are a source of energy to us, keeping us going, day after day. Maloin's history could belong to any one of us, to anyone who has ever entertained doubts about his or her humdrum existence. "If I have to say why I like and was drawn to this story," Bela Tarr speculated, "the direct answer is that it deals with the eternal and the everyday at one and the same time. It deals with the cosmic and the realistic, the divine and the human, and to my mind, contains the totality of nature and man, just as it contains their pettiness."
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