It's a very slow film. Very pretty. When watching it, some of the time I felt like i was riding in a car across countryside, just staring at the screen absentmindly, absorbing it, but not paying particular attention. It wasn't tedious or boring, but hard to focus. ( i even fell asleep at one point, and had to rewind). I liked the images (esp the burning book, and the leaking building with all the rain). A lot of reminiscence. Everything in the movie was slow, except for the burning of the guy. That scene was very striking. The broken record, the harshness of it, like wailing, and the guy setting himself on fire. It really made me shudder, esp. amid the mellowness of the rest. It was piercing. I like the slowness -- I know a lot of people would find it boring seeing someone walk with a burning candle for 10 minutes. I recommend watching this movie alone - it's less impatience that way, and less expectation. I like the final shot, how he is sitting in his village surrounded by the roman ruins, and the snow starts to fall. It wasn't interesting though, in a normal sense of the word, not entertaining. But it made an impact. A- (? - i feel compelled to give it a minus, but i am not sure for what. i guess for not appealing to popular taste, too artistic). From retrospect, this movie barely has a plot - i suppose it just tried to portray a state more than anything else.