This movie is for people fed up with joy, love and happiness. Certain kinds of masochists and nihilists will love it. Pain, cruelty, and humiliation are the stocks in trade. There is no hope in this universe, no chance of redemption or even consolation. Only a kind of stoic striving after dignity and a cynical irony used to fend off the relentless assault of an entirely hostile world. Bleak stuff and agonizing at times, but admirable in its uncompromising sincerity and sympathy for the downtrodden.