This film holds a very special place in my heart: it became the first and only movie I've ever seen that inspired the waterworks, and in a major way! Just thinking about certain moments still makes my heart ache, and after a viewing, it seems to stick in the back of your mind for a week at least.
I didn't expect it to be so moving--it's a fair bit removed from my own life. But, as you've doubtless heard, via the sublime acting by the leads and supports, the evocative musical score, the gorgeous cinematography, and the subtle, masterful direction of Ang Lee, I'd be suprised if a viewer *doesn't* have some sort of response. You'd have to be particularly heartless, or, more realistically, be an action junkie.
Because make no mistake--while this is a film crafted to near perfection, perhaps the finest film of the 21st century, the decade, whatever, it is all nuance, consideration, and weight. It's a film to be absorbed, rather than consumed like more typical, popular cinematic fare that satisfies but feels more like empty calories by the end.
If you're willing to be challenged and engrossed, there is no better film. People may shy away from the movie's seemingly controversial subject matter, but those are perhaps the ones who most need to see this. There is no agenda in this movie to forcibly change anyone's hearts and minds. However, it does strive to broaden our horizons, offering a slice of understanding about the universal sadness of loneliness and regret that no one truly deserves.
But all the other conclusions are strictly left to you.