Speeg’s review published on Letterboxd:
First things first, the premise for the reasoning behind the title of this film was nonsensical and was explained away with one line of dialogue buried somewhere in this three hour behemoth so it was already starting out with a strike against it. I’m tempted to say there is a good film to be found in here with proper editing, but even if you were to cut a full hour, I could still see it being slow and tedious. I watched because of the nomination, and because I don’t watch enough contemporary foreign films and figured this would be a nice entry point back in. Not really knowing what this was about, I do know that movies about hyper-serious theater productions are not my bag and that’s putting it mildly.
The acting is the strong point for the film, because that’s about all there is. But how much am I supposed to pay attention to the endless dialogue they rehearse for the play since it doesn’t have anything to do with the plot of the film, or does it? In the immortal words of Pee-wee Herman “I DON’T KNOW!” Why this film got chosen as the one to anoint, I probably won’t understand. 3 stars is a relatively low rating and doesn’t mean I think this is a poorly made film, just one I struggled to stay interested in. I was tempted to go lower but also still need a corner left over to survive here on Letterboxd.