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While I initially found much of this to be admirable, many of the emotional beats felt manipulative. However, it was recently pointed out to me (I can't recall who by, probably a Discord friend) that calling a film emotionally manipulative is somewhat of a cliche and I haven't come up with or heard a coherent explanation of what constitutes emotional manipulation. An in depth essay is perhaps called for, especially as the form of this film further complicates the issue.