I watched this movie last night... There were about ten people in the room when it started, and only three of us were left when the credits rolled on the screen. It wasn't surprising to me, but that's because I don't have much faith people's patience (or good taste, but that's another matter).
The movie is about self-discovery. That is what is advertised on the dvd box. This is a clear indication that the movie begins badly and ends well. And my theory proved true: The movie begins with death, grime, drab colors (in contrast to the holiday season's artificially flashing bulbs), drugs, sex.
The main character, Morvern Callar played by Samantha Morton, reacts to her boyfriend's death by leaving the banality of her life and into a journey among the rich colors and flavors of Spain. After breaking out from a self-contained "tourist hotel", she finds herself in the 'real' Spain. The cinematography in these shots are some of the most beautiful you'll find in any movie... the feeling of freedom versus mediocrity expressed in the shots, and the emerges of Samantha Morton's (Sweet and Lowdown, Jesus' Son, Minority Report) brilliant acting within the simplicity of the natural world is worth every moment.
I say this movie isn't for everyone though I would like to be proved wrong... thus my advice to everyone is: be patient with this one, and you will find that it is a rare wildflower.