I saw this film many years ago as part of a film appreciation course and, at the time, I'm sort of embarrassed to say,I hated it. This was because I didn't "get it" and thought it was boring. But, oddly, all these years later I still sort of think about "The Hour Of The Star" from time to time (this time my musing is prompted by an article about the iPad factory in Hong Kong and the terrible monotony of the work there, remembering especially the final moment when the poor girl is, ironically, struck down by the Mercedes. Now, some 25 years later, I find I want to see this film again. In my mind its sort of a companion piece to "The Year Of The Quiet Sun", one of my all-time, almost-too-painful-to-watch favorites.